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Matthew Kunzers

Matthew Kunzers

Matthew Kunzers made his way to Boston in August, 1850. After arriving, the 17 year old Kunzers had an idea. It was a common idea, one that many people have probably had before him. He said to himself, “I wonder what allows birds to fly. If I could somehow create some type of flying mechanism, it would speed up peoples’ long travels.

So Matthew sat down and began drawing birds. He found that if he could create some kind of object that would portray the wings of the bird, he could achieve success. The following day, he began piecing together objects. Many people saw him at work in the local park and believed he was a mad man.

Matthew Kunzers with Model Flying Machine

Matthew Kunzers Analyzing his Flying Machine Model

“You can’t fly, only birds are meant to do that!” said one man.

Matthew responded with, “Listen up homie, you shut up, ’cause I do whateva I wanna do, foo. Now go say ‘Hi’ to your motha for me.”

After a week’s work, Matthew finished his prototype and was ready to test his great machine.

He was full of joy, and shouted, “After a week’s work, I finished my prototype and am ready to test my great machine!”

Matthew climbed to the top of the biggest hill in Boston, and prepared for his flight. The weather was getting worse as the day progressed, so Matthew decided that the test flight must be attempted immediately. A large, curious crowd quickly gathered to see Matthew take off. Many of the people did not believe that he would be able to accomplish such a feat, but Matthew believed in himself began running towards the edge of the hill, and jumped. The wings pulled Matthew up off the ground and he began to soar. The crowd cheered as Kunzers soared through the air.

On that day, Matthew Kunzers was the first man to ever actually fly (and not fall to his death). And Matthew flew for hours, zipping through the air, with the birds, and the wind in his hair. He truly was enjoying life… Until he got struck by lightning, plummeted over 100 feet, and landed safely in a pond. Poor Matthew had forgotten about the poor weather that had approached quickly.

Matthew Kunzers Prepares for Flying

Kunzers right before his first fly.

When Kunzers climbed out of the pond, he felt weird, energized or something of those sorts. The following day, Matthew decided that his flying days were over, and chose to send all his information to a random person, in a random place in the United States. That man ended up being Hiram Maxim (who later moved to England to “invent” the first flying machine in 1894 and steal Kunzers’ thunder).

After Matthew rid of his flying schematics, he remained in Boston about 10 years to make a living and raise money to travel south to New York and enlist in the military.

To be continued…

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