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First public demonstrations of the airplane...



Item # 580795

August 14, 1908

THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE, Omaha, Nebraska, August 14, 1908

* Wright Brothers - Orville and Wilbur
* 1st public demonstrations of airplane
* Historic

The front page has a report of the first public flights by the Wright brothers, when Wilbur Wright took his plane to France and gave a demonstration to a crowd of skeptics near LeMans, France. Because the Wright brothers had been so secretive since their initial 1903 flight (had yet to receive a patent), many around the world refused to believe they created an practical flying machine. These successful flights on August 8-11, 1908, converted all skeptics and caused them to be heralded around the world. The one column headlines include: "ACCIDENT MARS THE FLIGHT", "Wright Aeroplane Injured as Demonstrator Makes New Landing", "Former Efforts Are Eclipsed" and more (see). Other news, sports and advertisements of the day.

Complete in 10 pages, some staining with minor margin wear, otherwise good. Should be handled with care.

Category: The 20th Century

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