The history of aviation states that the Flyer, of the brothers Wilbur and Orvielle Wright, was the firt heavier-than-air aircraft propelled by its own means.
However, there are some who question the Wright´s feat, at least in the sense of them being the first to fly an airplane.
Some do it for technical reasons, because they argue that the Wrights used rails to keep the device in its path and a catapult to propel it. In contrast, Brazilian Alberto Santos Dumont had his 14-Bis plane fly in Paris. With no need for any support and surpassing by about 200 meters, the distance traveled in the air by the Flyer.
To learn more about the legend, read the entire column in Star News , our magazine on board.