Good evening (or morning, depending on the hour at which you, the reader, are currently engaged in the act of reading this article) gentlemen. As you know, it has always been the dream of mankind to have the ability to travel through the air in order to become free from the limiting factors of the various methods of ground transportation. Because of this yearning for flight, I have devised a machine which will propel a human being into the air, allowing an adventurous pilot to maneuver through the air at speeds unheard of until now.
Gentlemen, I present you with the Flyer I:
It is constructed from various lightweight materials which allow it to separate itself from the ground, including wood and canvas.
The daring pilot of this machine will lay his body down upon this space, which being in the center of the “aircraft” is the most stable. It also comes with the novel benefit of having one’s feet kept warm by the marvelous invention of the internal combustion engine.
This machine will regularly reach speeds that are, by my calculations, at or in excess of 30 miles per hour. At these speeds, death is a very real possibility, and the most complete devotion to caution is necessary in order to keep oneself from becoming a red discoloration on the ground.
Gentlemen, I believe that this is a great step forward for mankind, and that soon travel by air will be the most common mode of transport in the utopia of the future.
I have added more stuff to keep the engine company, changed the pod to a chair for comfort and space reasons, and added ailerons, elevator, rudder and new propellers, all finned; this plane is now solely fin controlled and propelled.