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The Horror of the Heights (Short Story)

  • Type: Short Story

The Horror of the Heights is a 1913 short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published less than ten years after Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the first powered aircraft south of Kitty Hawk on 17 December 1903. A work of fiction set more than twenty years after the first flight, the tale describes technical advances and achievements in aviation that would not be achieved in ten or more years. Aviation was a foolhardy sport in 1913, the typical aircraft was a wire-braced, wood-and-fabric biplane that was rarely flown higher than a few thousand feet above the ground. - AsNotedIn

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  • Devizes, Wiltshire He had four private aeroplanes in his hangars near Devizes, and is said to have made no fewer than one hundred and seventy ascents in the course of last year.
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Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1913/11/00 Arthur Conan Doyle Author "The Horror of the Heights" by Arthur Conan Doyle is published in The Strand Magazine.
1913/11/00 The Strand Magazine Publisher "The Horror of the Heights" by Arthur Conan Doyle is published in The Strand Magazine.

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Particulars for The Horror of the Heights (Short Story):
Vehicle Type Airplane
Pseudoscience Cryptozoology the search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the Loch Ness monster and the yeti
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Narrative Arts Narrative Prose ordinary written language which tells a story
Art Type Short Story short form narrative fiction

Original Language: English

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