The Wrights refused to let the Smithsonian have it!

So it hung in the South Kensington Science Museum, in London, where it inspired a young man named Nevil Norway, who became one of the world's foremost aeronautical engineers in the 1920s and '30s ― but was better known as the novelist, Nevil Shute.

As a result of the quid-pro-quo to finally bring the Flyer home, Alberto Santos-Dumont, a household name and hero in Latin America, is almost unknown in the USA.


@publius that's a rather obscure comment about your guy Santos-Dumont @jalefkowit

@2ck @jalefkowit

What's obscure about it?

Because of the Langley-Curtis shenanigans, the Smithsonian, to get the Flyer, had to essentially agree to a "gag order" relating to other claimants to first flight, and US educational institutions have followed suit.

Hence, Alberto Santos-Dumont, who holds the FAI record (meaning he did it in Paris in front of judges) for first powered controlled heavier-than-air flight is virtually never mentioned in the USA. In Brazil he's a national hero.

obscure for the reasons you gave... many (most?) people haven't heard of the guy or the history you relate.

@2ck @jalefkowit

Americans in the narrow sense of the USA? No, most haven't heard of him.

The literally billions of people who live from the Mexican border down to Patagonia, and in Europe? Yes!

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