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The History of Aviation

Pioneer Years

1908 Wilbur Wright Flies in Europe

On August 9th, Wilbur Wright demonstrated his flying before a crowd of distinguished French aviators. The flight took place at Le Mans before a crowd who had been highly skeptical of the Wright claims. The flight pul all the questions to rest as the accomplishments of the Wrights. Wilbur demonstrated control flight much superior to anything done to dat in Europe . Ernest Archdecon a vociferous early critic of Wright claims was quoted as saying: "For too long a time the Wright Brothers have been accused in Europe of a bluff. They are today hallowed in France."

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