[WWI] it was 100 years ago today
Wed Dec 17 17:32:00 EST 2003
Quoting Lance Krieg <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> 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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