The Wrights in Europe
Wilbur Wright arrived in France in May 1908.
Over the next year, he made more than 200 flights in Europe,
dazzling crowds whenever he took to the air and turning critics
into admirers. He became a hero lavished with praise, honored
at ceremonial dinners with political leaders and the aeronautical
elite, and the recipient of numerous prizes and medals, including
the Legion of Honor.
Italy and Germany
The Wrights’ European tour continued
in Italy. Wilbur trained Italian military pilots, and the
first motion picture footage taken from an airplane in flight
was filmed there.
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After completing flight trials for a U.S. Army contract in
America in July 1909, Orville briefly returned with Katharine
to Europe to demonstrate the airplane and to train pilots
in connection with a contract for license-built Wright aircraft