Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

Preparing Pilcher’s Hawk to fly again

According to Wikipedia, The Hawk was the fourth flying machine that British inventor Percy Pilcher built in the 1890s. Following Bat, Beetle, and Gull hang gliders, Pilcher’s Hawk broke the world distance record in 1897 for flying unpowered: 250 meters (820 feet). That glider is being restored and will be on display in 2016 thanks to the National Museum of Scotland.

From NMS’ Making the Museum series: Preparing Pilcher’s Hawk to fly again.

Could Percy Sinclair Pilcher have been the first person ever to fly? Four years before the Wright brothers conquered the skies, Pilcher devised a powered flying machine and intended to demonstrate it to the world. But it was never to be…. In this episode, Louise Innes introduces us to one of the great Victorian aviators and explores how we’re looking after the oldest surviving aircraft in Britain.

Watch these next: Making the Museum: Repairing a Meissen Lion and Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle Restoration at MSI Chicago. Plus, A human-powered aircraft competition in Korea.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Conservation of an 1842 daguerreotype, one of the oldest photographs at MoMA

Rion Nakaya

Wind tunnel choreography in Skydive Arena

Rion Nakaya

The Scorpion-3 hoverbike, a ‘human-carrying drone’

Rion Nakaya

The Conservation of The Assassination of Archimedes

Rion Nakaya

Incredible indoor skydiving flyers at the 2017 Wind Games

Rion Nakaya

Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter – AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight

Rion Nakaya

Making ‘snow’ and shadows look real in AMNH dioramas

Rion Nakaya

How art conservator Julian Baumgartner restores damaged paintings

Rion Nakaya

The physics of ‘skydiving’ wind tunnel acrobats

Rion Nakaya