The Wright Brothers are recognised almost universally
as the first to fly a heavier-than-air powered aeroplane
at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina on 17 December 1903.
Their demands for licence fees from anyone flying in
their own country suppressed progress in America.
Initially disbelieving the Wright Brothers' claims and
wanting to be first to fly, the French became very
active and rapidly took the lead in early aviation
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Pigs Might Fly: Early French Aviators
Henry Deutsch de la Meurthe
Gabriel & Charles Voisin
René & Gaston Caudron
Raymonde de Laroche