Matthew Bacon Sellers II

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Matthew Bacon Sellers II
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Full name Matthew Bacon Sellers II
Born (1869-03-29)March 29, 1869
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died April 5, 1932(1932-04-05) (aged 63)
Ardsley-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Cause of death Pulmonary embolism
Spouse Ethel Clark
Aviation career
Known for Inventor of retractable landing gear, Peer of the Wright brothers, Samuel Langley and Octave Chanute. President Wilson appointed him as one of two representatives of the Aeronautical Society of America on the newly formed Naval Consulting Board. Josephus Daniels, the secretary of the navy, recommended for this appointment. Thomas A. Edison chaired this Board composed of prominent scientists of that period.
First flight 1908
Sellers Quadruplane
Famous flights Piloted the first aircraft to take off and land in Kentucky.

Matthew Bacon Sellers II (March 29, 1869 - April 5, 1932) was a United States inventor and scientist known for his work in the field of aviation.


He was born on March 29, 1869 in Baltimore, Maryland to Matthew Bacon Sellers I.

In 1915 he joined the Naval Consulting Board.[1]

He died on April 5, 1932 in Ardsley-on-Hudson, New York.[1]

Sellers quadruplane[edit]

Sellers was interested in low-powered flight. He constructed a staggered quadruplane capable of flight on only 5 hp. He flew it at least from 1909 to 1912 and published his researches.[2]