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  • Rights: Public domain Published 9 September 2011, Updated 26 April 2012 Size: 1.1 MB Referencing Hub media

    Richard Pearse’s monoplane resembled a modern-day microlight. Witness accounts suggest he flew it before the Wright brothers flew theirs. This monoplane is a replica from the South Canterbury Museum in Timaru.

    There is evidence that Richard Pearse did not achieve controlled flight before the Wright brothers in 1903. See a report from the Timaru Post dated 17 November 1909.
    www.stuff.co.nz/national/6799761/Pearse-flew-long-after-Wrights

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