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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.
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Publication says 1st powered flight in Connecticut, not North Carolina

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Connecticut's efforts to grab North Carolina's status as the birthplace of powered flight has received a major boost from a well-respected aviation publication.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 27, 2013.
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Conn. decrees Wright Brothers were not first with powered aircraft

HARTFORD, Conn., June 27 (UPI) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a bill to change history by decreeing Gustave Whitehead beat the Wright Brothers to powered flight.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 27, 2012.
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Artist turns deceased cat into helicopter

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 4 (UPI) -- A Dutch artist said he decided to pay tribute to his departed cat by turning the departed feline's taxidermied remains into a working helicopter.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.
By United Press International

Wright Brothers replica crashes, 2 dead

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio, July 30 (UPI) -- Two men described as experienced pilots were killed Saturday when a replica of an airplane built by the Wright brothers crashed in Ohio, police said.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, July 27, 2008.
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Anniversary No. 104 for Wright brothers

KITTY HAWK, N.C., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- About 1,000 people visited the Wright Brothers National Museum in Kitty hawk, N.C., Monday for the 104th anniversary of the first powered airplane flight.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 17, 2007.
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Orville Wright
Orville Wright pilots the first flight as brother Wilbur runs alongside at 10:35 a.m. on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The plane had just left the track at left for a flight that lasted 12 seconds and went about 120 feet. The classic image of 100 years ago was shot by John Daniels after receiving a quick photography lesson from Orville. This was the only picture ever taken by Daniels, a member of the nearby Kill Devil Hills lifesaving station. (UPI Photo/John Daniels)
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The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

The brothers' fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving "the flying problem". This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines. Using a small homebuilt wind tunnel, the Wrights also collected more accurate data than any before, enabling them to design and build wings and propellers that were more efficient than any before. Their first U.S. patent, 821,393, did not claim invention of a flying machine, but rather, the invention of a system of aerodynamic control that manipulated a flying machine's surfaces.

They gained the mechanical skills essential for their success by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. Their work with bicycles in particular influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice. From 1900 until their first powered flights in late 1903, they conducted extensive glider tests that also developed their skills as pilots. Their bicycle shop employee Charlie Taylor became an important part of the team, building their first aircraft engine in close collaboration with the brothers.

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