George Cayley

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

George Cayley was born in Scarborough, England back in 1773. In 1779, he started a project that is still used to this day, more in a moment. He represented the Whig party as a Member of Parliament from 1832 to 1835. In 1835, he helped in founding the UK’s first Polytechnic Institute, now the University of Westminster, serving as the chairman for many years.

He was a founding member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. When his father died he inherited Brompton Hall and Wydale Hall.

What you may not know about George is that he developed the self-righting lifeboats, tension-spoke wheels (AKA caterpillar tractors), automatic signals for railway crossing, seat belts to name a few.   However, what he is most noted for is aviation. He identified the four main components of flying, weight, lift, drag and thrust. He is known as “the father of aviation.” He was the first to identify the use of cambered wings. He designed the first glider, flown in 1804. In 1849, he designed and built a biplane which was reported to be flown by a ten-year-old boy. He died in 1857, he was 83.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Just before the Wright Boys figured out the rest of the story.

Jun 04, 2019 02:54 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray the inventions of George Cayley are credited with the safety features that continue to be used today.... millions of lives have been saved, especially with seat belts...

Jun 04, 2019 03:36 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

He had a lot of varied interest.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 04, 2019 04:25 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Great minds never rests. What a bundle of accomplishments for the time period.

Jun 04, 2019 04:31 AM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I was unaware of all the contributions to aviation that this man had invented and so much earlier than one would think James Dray 

Jun 04, 2019 04:37 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. George had a very creative mind. And, we all benefited. Enjoy your day!

Jun 04, 2019 05:38 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - maybe I misread your post but this initial invention seemed to occur when he was six years old.  Is that possible?  

Jun 04, 2019 06:25 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was a multi faceted man for sure. Have a wonderful day.

Jun 04, 2019 06:29 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray

What a great inventor. I am amazed at the thought that went into figuring out flight. 

Jun 04, 2019 07:05 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, he was born 200 years before I was, but that is about all we have in common, haha.

Jun 04, 2019 07:51 AM #10
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wow, I wonder if George ever slept. He sure had an active mind and used it well.

Jun 04, 2019 08:23 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - that was certainly early and I guess it was not time for the commercial flight.

Jun 04, 2019 10:48 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is another of your inventor stories that are a thrill to read...Father of Aviation how great is that...A

Jun 04, 2019 11:20 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

George certainly accomplished plenty during his life. Sounds like his mind was always working towards solutions.

Jun 04, 2019 03:24 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an impressive man!!! I would love to talk to someone like that!!!

Jun 04, 2019 06:00 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I am not surprised like the classical composer like Mozart composing at age four,that he invented at age six....when I was still trying to figure out how to play....Endre

Jun 04, 2019 11:51 PM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is at the top of the list of someone who was ahead of his time. He should get the da Vinci award.

Jun 05, 2019 05:52 AM #17
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