Among the locals helping the Wrights were Tom Beacham (second from right) with young son John and his dog Bounce. (Library of Congress)

Present at Creation

From five witnesses came a family tradition to honor the moment the airplane was born.

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About Tom Crouch

Tom Crouch is a senior curator in the National Air and Space Museum’s aeronautics department. An historian of early flight, he is the author of The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

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