[WWI] it was 100 years ago today

dave fleming wwi@wwi-models.org
Wed Dec 17 17:32:00 EST 2003

Quoting Lance Krieg <lance.krieg@amerus.com>:

> Here is an interesting sidelight to the Wright saga;
> Samuel Langley (of the Smithsonian Institution) was contracted to build
> an aeroplane for the army in 1898, and his prototype was eventually
> altered in 1914 to actually fly a little bit.  For this reason, the
> Museum insisted until 1942 that the Langley "Aerodrome" was the first
> successful flying machine.

Article in a recent Aeroplane showed just how much it was altered!
> Orville Wright was so irritated that he sent his original Flyer to the
> Science Museum in London for display, refusing to let the Smithsonian
> have it.  Franklin Roosevelt secured its return in 1943, and it finally
> went on display in Washington in 1948 - 11 months after Orville died.
But only on condition that the Smithsonian forever and always accept that the 
Wrights were first to fly, and give no countenance to any other claim.

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