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Wall Street Journal profile of inventive individuals include Eric Raymond, solar flight pioneer.

Published: 26-May-2010

From James Starley's penny-farthing bicycle to Sir Frank Whittle's jet engine – the challenge of getting from A to B as quickly, safely and cheaply as possible has exercised some of mankind's most inventive minds.

Whether they are eking out a few extra horsepower, or developing safer equipment; creating green alternative technologies, or more energy-efficient adaptations of older ideas; working on vehicles, or infrastructure and logistics, there are now more transport inventors filing more patents than ever before.

From hang gliders to solar-powered planes, Eric Raymond has spent most of the past 30 years either in the air or designing the means to get back up there.

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