While the Wright brothers
were negotiating the sale of their aircraft, they let no one
witness a flight or even see the airplane until they had a
signed contract in hand. By the spring of 1908, the Wright
brothers’ had received their patent in America and in
several European countries. They had contracts with the U.S.
government and a French syndicate of financiers. They were
finally ready to share their invention with the world.
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There was little press coverage of the Wrights’ breakthrough
flights in 1903, and they made no effort to publicize their
flights at Huffman Prairie in 1904 and 1905. Now, facing what
they perceived as a growing public relations crisis in light
of the acclaim being showered upon other aviators, the Wrights
began a campaign to set the public straight on what they had