INVENTORS Ė yes, notice the word, INVENTORS, are we getting somewhere?<quoted text>
There were many inventors of aircraft , some flew models successfully. But the Wright Brothers had the first working self powered airplane that could carry a man untethered and under it's own control. To establish this they did repeat performances and the machine became better with improvements. That place is history cannot be taken away from them. I don't even know why you would try.
To make this even better understood Christine , the methodology they used , inventing the first propellers and aileron controls
tail and a gas powered engine are still used today.
They were able to hand carve propellers that were 99% efficient
though the tail configuration changed the same ideas are used today in modern fighters such as the Saab Grippen, and other with a forward canard aircraft.
I did not argue with the documented evidence in fact I supplied documented evidence although I did throw in a reference to the undocumented flights of Richard Pearce
The methodology does not matter, they did not invent the aeroplane years (or possibly centuries) after it had been invented.
What they did was refine and existing invention, the historical evidence confirms this. US History denies it, who do I believe, nationalistic fervour or physical evidence?