CNN.com - Bush honors anniversary of first flight - Dec. 17, 2003: "KILL DEVIL HILLS, North Carolina (CNN) -- The Wright brothers would have sympathized.
One hundred years after the brothers' first flight, a meticulous reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer made a valiant attempt to take to the air on Wednesday.
Much like many of the brothers' early efforts, the plane could not get airborne. It struggled down a narrow track and unceremoniously came to a halt in a mud puddle. "
I saw a special on this on Discovery last night. Not too surprising that it didn't work, the Wright Brothers tried a number of times before things worked right.