October 22, 2016

Engraving Completed

     The monument at Micajah Clark Dyer's grave is now identifiable as you approach it descending the cemetery hill from the west. Previously, there was no identification on back of the monument, which caused a few visitors to leave thinking they had come to the wrong cemetery. It was necessary to go all the way to the bottom of the hill where the engraving on front could be viewed to know you were at the right place.
     Thanks to the generosity of friends and relatives of Clark Dyer, engraving was completed this week to add the pertinent information to the back of the monument.

Back of monument

Front of monument

September 30, 2016

New aircraft and off-road vehicle created in Shreveport!

Flying Magazine says a startup company with the goal of meeting off-road accessibility with the freedom of flight just got the go-ahead from the FAA.

SkyRunner, a flying all-terrain vehicle
On June 16, 2016, Flying Magazine stated:

   “SkyRunner announced this week that its flying all-terrain vehicle has earned S-LSA approval, paving the way for the company to ramp up production at its Shreveport, Louisiana, manufacturing plant.
    “Marketed with the go-anywhere adventurer in mind, the SkyRunner is a four-wheel ATV that uses ram-air parafoil wing technology, or powered-parachute flight, and a three-blade propeller to take to the sky on takeoffs that require about the length of a football field.
    “SkyRunner, which has just two flight controls — left and right steering and a throttle pedal — says its vehicle can reach airspeeds of 45 mph and cruise at the maximum regulated altitude of 10,000 feet.
    “The company says it’s now fulfilling back orders and taking deposits for the two-seater flying ATV, which costs $119,000.”

See the SkyRunner in action in a video produced 9/16/16 by Fox News

September 12, 2016

September 1 Proclaimed Micajah Clark Dyer Day

Article in The North Georgia News, Sept 7, 2016, Page 1C:

   "Commissioner Paris said, 'I am very pleased to proclaim September 1, 2016 as Micajah Clark Dyer Day in Union County. September 1, 1874 is the date Mr. Dyer received a patent for his flying machine.'

   "Mr. Dyer invented and flew the machine on his farm in Choestoe Community many years before the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.  Union County and the surrounding counties did not have newspapers at that time, but the story of Mr. Dyer’s invention was reported in dozens of newspapers across the U.S., perhaps also in foreign countries since efforts were being made all over the world at the time to build a machine that could fly. Several neighbors witnessed Mr. Dyer’s flights, and knowledge of his invention was spread by word of mouth throughout the county and beyond.
Exhibit at Chamber of Commerce
   "For the entire month of Septem- ber, the Blairsville Chamber of Commerce has an exhibit in their lobby showcasing Mr. Dyer’s invention. 

   "Chamber member Micajah Clark Dyer Foundation welcomes everyone to come by and see the exhibit and pick up a brochure that has a brief story about Mr. Dyer. It includes the credit he has received to date, plans for future efforts to acquaint the public about this wonderful piece of Union County history, and efforts that will continue into the future to keep the legacy of our pioneer aviator alive. 

   "You can also learn about the story at www.micajahclarkdyer.org."

September 1, 2016

More 1875 Flying Machine News Reports

Typical front page of an 1875 newspaper
It is always exciting to find newspapers from the 1800s that published articles about Micajah Clark Dyer's flying machine. In our post below dated August 3, 2012, we told about the five 1875 articles newly found by Jim Powell, which brought to 18 the number of different newspapers we had found up to that time.  
       Now we can add five more to the number.  Here are the additional ones just found: 

The Eureka Herald and Greenwood County Republican
Eureka, Kansas
Thursday, July 22, 1875 - page 3
A Ship with Wings and Paddle Wheels
"Mr. Micajah Dyer of Union County, Blairsville, Ga., recently obtained a patent for an apparatus for navigating the air..."

The Junction City Weekly Union
Junction City, Kansas
Saturday, July 17, 1875 - page 4
A Ship with Wings and Paddle Wheels

The Advertiser-Courier
Hermana, Missouri
Saturday, July 17, 1875 - page 3
A Ship with Wings and Paddle Wheels

The Recorder-Tribune
Holton, Kansas
Thursday, July 22, 1875 - page 3
A Ship with Wings and Paddle Wheels

The Sedalia Democrat
Sedalia, Missouri
Saturday, July 17, 1875 - page 1
(story reported on front page without a title)

     There were no newspapers in Union County or its adjoining counties in 1874 when Clark Dyer was granted a patent for his flying machine, but it obviously was big news across the United States. It is very likely that there were more newspapers than the 23 we have located that reported the story.  In fact, we speculate that the story was reported in Europe and Australia, as well, because attempts were being made all over the world at that time to design a machine that would fly.

August 26, 2016

Pal-V Flying Car

"Rockets Are Cool" presents the flying car.  It moves on the road as impressively as it does when converting to a plane.

See it in action.  Click the link PAL-V Flying Car below, then click again on the link that pops up.
Rockets Are Cool added a new video: PAL-V Flying Car.  

 Rockets Are CoolFor those interested, here's some more info on PAL-V:http://bit.ly/1kCzOJ2 PAL-V | Ultimate Freedom

August 8, 2016

Wings Over North Georgia Airshow

SUPER HORNET TAC DEMO TEAM - Yes, Lt. "Gump" Miller and his USN Hornet Team is tuning up his twin turbines for the 2016 WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com air show weekend on Oct 29-30th at Rome's Russell Regional Airport...USAF Thunderbirds - Travis Tritt - Camping - Fireworks...Get your front row seats now!

US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Twilight Demonstration - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016    
The US Navy's F/A-18F Super Hornet demonstration team from VFA-106 "Gladiators" performs at sunset during the 2016 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI. Watch the brilliant afterburner pop against the dusk sky as the flight crew throws it through various maneuvers!

March 15, 2016

Born to Fly

We share a very special story by way of a video, Born to Fly, about a 92-year-old female WWII Pilot who flies her plane again, after 70 years! We're so proud of Spitfire pilot Joy Lofthouse.

She is a kindred spirit of Micajah Clark Dyer.

February 20, 2016

Flying Apparatus by Clark Dyer's 7th Great Granddaughter

Little Miss Ellie Stewart holding her flying apparatus

This is little Miss Ellie Stewart, daughter of Chasity Dyer Stewart, holding her flying apparatus. Her mother says: "It's a Dyer thing. This is Ellie's example of Micajah's (her 7th Great Grandfather) flying apparatus. It's in her blood."

Thanks for sharing with us, Chasity. We love it!

February 1, 2016

A Fitting Name for an Airport

This airport looks like it should be named the Micajah Clark Dyer Airport, doesn't it?

January 29, 2016

Model of Clark Dyer's Airplane in Museum

The wings on the model are left uncovered to show how Clark's design allowed him to move the wings to navigate the airplane. The wings could be tilted upward and downward in four directions.  
The to-scale model of Clark Dyer's airplane is on display in the Union County Historical Society Museum in the Old Courthouse on the Square.  You can scroll down and click on "Older Posts" to learn about the building of the model by Jack Allen of Blairsville, GA.

January 28, 2016

Donating through AmazonSmile

Don’t forget . . . you can always support the Micajah Clark Dyer Foundation by logging into AmazonSmile.com when you make purchases online from Amazon.

How to do this?
• Before you shop, go to smile.amazon.com
• Then sign in using your regular Amazon account.
• Choose a nonprofit from the list on spotlight. Make sure you choose Micajah Clark Dyer Foundation, Inc.

Then you’re good to go. This is a wonderful and easy way to donate to the Foundation at no cost to you while doing your own shopping.

This airport looks like it should be named the Micajah Clark Dyer Airport,
doesn't it?