Present at Creation

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

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