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Centennial of flight.

After the Wrights rebuilt and enlarged their camp at Kill Devil Hill, they assembled the Flyer, a process that took three weeks. During that time they learned that Samuel Langley on Oct. 8 had attempted to fly his Aerodrome, only to have it flop into the Potomac River. "I see that Langley has had his fling and failed," Wilbur wrote to Octave Chanute. "It seems to be our turn to throw down now, and I wonder what our luck will be."

To others closer to the project, the Wrights were more confident. "Flying machine market has been very unsteady the past two days," Orville wrote to Charles Taylor, the machinist who built their engine. "Opened yesterday morning at about 208 (100% means even chances of success) but by noon had dropped to 110 . …

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