Auction of Wright brothers papers reveals spat over flight

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The Wright brothers are credited with building and flying the first heavier than air flying machine, but it was not always so.

They battled with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington for 17 years over this distinction and a presidential commission was formed to decide the issue.

Details of this row from the early days of the flying machine are found in documents relating to Orville and Wilbur Wright that are up for online auction closing on January 28th.

Read the article in the Irish Times.