Did Someone Fly Before The Wright Brothers?

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On December 17th, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright flew their Wright Flyer for the first time. This marked man's first journey through the skies... Right?

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How Exactly Do Airplanes Fly?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHwKvQ9qMZc&list=PLwwOk5fvpuuKANRFWVEmYLFTiPIJ5UT82&index=1

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How Did We Learn To Fly Like Bird?:

"The discovery of the kite that could fly in the air by the Chinese started humans thinking about flying. Kites were used by the Chinese in religious ceremonies."

Ask History: Who Really Invented The Airplane?:

"Their flight at Kitty Hawk made history, but did the Wright brothers invent the first airplane?"

Scientific American Debunks Claim Gustave Whitehead Was "First in Flight":

"Legislation introduced last year in Connecticut recognized Gustave Whitehead as 'First in Flight.' North Carolina and Ohio briefly ceased their perennial squabbles about who had the best claim to the Wright brothers and joined to complain about Connecticut."

Wright Brothers Biographical Overview:

"Just over one hundred years ago, on a desolate beach in North Carolina, two brothers in their thirties launched six hundred pounds of spruce wood, muslin, and aluminum into the air."

Alberto Santos-Dumont:

"Brazilian aviation pioneer who captured the imagination of Europe and the United States with his airship flights and made the first significant flight of a powered airplane in Europe with his No. 14-bis."

How The Airline Industry Has Evolved In 100 Years Of Commercial Air Travel:

"It was Jan. 1, 1914, when a 25-year-old test pilot by the name of Tony Jannus flew aircraft designer Thomas Benoist's wood-and-muslin "Flying Boat No. 43" across Tampa Bay and into aviation history."

World's First Commercial Airline | The Greatest Moments in Flight:

"On Jan. 1, 1914, the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line became the world's first scheduled passenger airline service, operating between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla."

U.S. Commercial Aviation History To 1966:

"America's commercial aviation industry, along with the rest of the world's, began following the cessation of World War I in 1918. The surplus of airplanes left over from WWI would be made proper use of by private companies out for a profit, if the planes were not to be sold on the cheap to any and all takers or reduced to scrap."

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