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Wright or Whitehead?


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There was Whitehead, some Australian, an Austrian with a seaplane and a few others. They all got some sort of craft off the ground or water before the Wright brothers. Most of them got a bird like craft into the air then crashed with no reasonable control while airborne.

The Wright brothers made repeated controlled flights with planned turns and elevation changes ending with controlled landings. Most importantly they built the first wind tunnel and had a scientific understanding of aerodynamic principles. 

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