Pelagornis: The Largest Flying Bird

In 1983, construction workers who were building a new terminal at the Charleston Airport in South Carolina made an unusual discovery—pieces of a large fossilized skeleton, including parts of a skull and limb bones. Paleontologists from the nearby Charleston Museum were called in to investigate the find, and museum director Albert Sanders dispatched a team headed by staff member James Malcolm to excavate the skeleton.

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Pelgornis skeleton on display at the Charleston Museum

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Icons of Aviation History: Wright Flyer III

The Wright Flyer III has been called “the first practical airplane”. Indeed, Orville Wright himself declared that “it was in the Flyer III that I really learned how to fly.”

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Wright Flyer III on display at Carillon Historical Park, Dayton OH

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