Were the Wright brothers really first? Not in Brazil

Everyone knows that the American Wright brothers made aviation history when they lifted off at Kitty Hawk, N.C. on Dec. 17, 1903. But judging their place in that history is less clear when it’s retold in Brazil — especially when the subject involves the story of the country’s storied local aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont.

Alberto Santos-Dumont

(Credit:
MY AIRSHIPS The Story of My Life BY Alberto Santos-Dumont (Project Gutenberg))

As my colleague, Daniel Terdiman, notes in his detailed write-up of his visit to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, “at…

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