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Missing Patent for Wright Bros' 'Flying Machine' Found in Cave

The 'holy grail' of lost documents hadn't been seen in decades

(Newser) - Missing for decades, the Wright brothers' patent for their "Flying Machine" was found last month in a manila envelope among 15-foot-high stacks of patent files in a limestone cave outside a small Kansas city. The Washington Post has a fascinating story on how the "holy grail" of missing... More »

Wright Brothers Weren't First to Fly: Expert

But Smithsonian refutes claim

(Newser) - A newly discovered photo is fueling a controversial theory that a German immigrant in Connecticut was really "first in flight"—not the Wright brothers. An amateur historian found a photo in Germany that some say shows the real first plane flight, by one Gustave Whitehead. The photo—which... More »

Replica Wright Brothers' Plane Crashes, Killing 2

New replica built using modern parts, was just a month old

(Newser) - A replica of the Wright brothers' Model B 1910 plane crashed in Ohio yesterday, killing both of its pilots, reports CNN . The plane, which was first launched in June, was built with a modern engine, materials, and controls, and was modified to make it easier to transport, but resembled the... More »

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