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In London, British powered human flight enthusiasts found the world's oldest aeronautical society

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01/12/1866
The brand new Aeronautical Society of Great Britain held its first meeting at the home of the Duke of Argyle in London and declared its aim "to encourage, to observe, to record, and to aid" all aspects of enquiry into powered flight.  By the end of its first year it had sixty-five members. Renamed the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1918, the group is the oldest aerospace society in the world.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
John David Anderson Jr., The Airplane, a History of Its Technology (Reston, VA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2002), 45. 

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