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 1905-12-12, “FAKES”, Dayton Daily News, Ohio, US, December 12, 1905, Scrapbook - Library of Congress, US.




Pure and Simple Are the Alleged Pictures of the Wright Brothers' Flying Machine, Could be Secured by French




Of Aerial Navigation and Have Placed a Ban on the Photographer and Snapshot Artist — Machine is Now Locked Up for the Winter.


Fake pictures of the Wright Brothers' flying machine, which have been sent out by a syndicate to newspapers over the country, were presented in a local paper Monday. The Daily News staff photographer has on a number of occasions endeavored to secure a photograph of the ingenious device which, it is believed comes nearer to the solution of aerial navigation than any of the numerous inventions now in existence. The photographer was not only flatly refused, but ascertained that every possible precaution has been taken by Wright boys to prevent any photographer or snap-shot artist from securing a picture. The inventors are firmly convinced that they have practically solved the problem, and while continuing the experiments with a view to perfecting the machine, are jealously guarding the secrets which by years of unceasing energy, the application of unusual mechanical skill and the expenditure of large sums of money, they have fathomed. They do not intend to let anyone step in and rob them of their glory, if at all possible to prevent it. The pictures alleged to be those of the present flying machine are pictures of an aeroplane, or box kite arrangement, called a riding machine, taken five years ago. It had no power, and had to be started from the side of a hill, and then only floated a short distance away. Their present machine is the nearest to perfection they have been able to construct, and has been in the air nearly an hour at one stretch. It does not have to be started from the side of a hill and carries its own propelling machinery, as well as apparatus for floating in the air.

The Wright brothers have, as is generally known, been conducting experiments for a long time in a field near Simms station along the D., S. & U. traction line, east of the city. When the cooler weather came on the machine was taken apart, sent back to Dayton and locked up for the winter.

Concerning a statement to the effect that an offer of $300,000 for the invention has been received from the French government, the Wright boys decline to talk, refusing flatly to commit themselves, pro or con.