March 24 1904, An Important Date for Wilbur and Orville Wright

March 24 was an important date for Wilbur and Orville Wright:

On that day in 1904, the two brothers applied for a German patent for their biplane, The Flyer.  Facing skepticism at home and in Europe, they had difficulty proving their claims and establishing legitimacy for their aircraft.  This was exacerbated by their reluctance to share photos and specifications, fearing that other people would copy the design.

On the same day in 1909, the Wright brothers established a flight school in Montgomery, Alabama for training pilots on their new aircraft.  Their first student was Walter Brookins, a personal friend.

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