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Want to see what started it all? Wilbur and Orville's father brought home a toy from one of his trips, and gave it to the boys. They couldn't stop playing with it. They didn't know how it worked; only that it did. Once the rubber band was wound, they'd release it and it would hover a few seconds.

 

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Also, when the two became older, a certain hero of theirs in Europe could glide for over a hundred feet before landing. The brothers loved to hear about anything pertaining to Otto Lilienthal, their soaring hero.

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