Science: Brazil's Aeronaut

Cheers turned to tears when Brazil's Alberto Santos-Dumont debarked at Rio de Janeiro last week. All good Brazilians believe that he invented the airplane before the Wrights. And, because the U. S. this month is honoring the Wrights' 25th anniversary of flight (to which Brazil is sending no official representative), those good Brazilians organized a celebration of their own. They insisted that Senhor Santos-Dumont quit his placid retirement in Paris for a gala demonstration in Rio. He has lived in France some 30 years, earning aeronautical reputation as a pioneer builder & flyer...

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