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As written on Main Page: "Romanian inventor Traian Vuia became the first person to fly a heavier-than-air monoplane (pictured) with an unassisted takeoff." This wording is controversial and not generally accepted by aviation historians, because it excludes the Wright Brothers, whom authoritative aviation sources do not describe as having made an "assisted" takeoff and flight at Kitty Hawk. Romanian sources (see Vuia article) promote highly nationalistic interpretations of Vuia's work. The phrase "unassisted takeoff" does not appear anywhere in the Vuia Wikipedia article. The article uses the phrase: "without assistance such as an incline, rails, or catapult". Strictly speaking, that is true, but does not overrule reliable sources that say--without using the word "assisted"-- the Wright Brothers made the first successful flight. DonFB (talk) 05:52, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

Update: Erm...mea culpa. Eyes somehow skipped over 'monoplane', so never mind my objection. Though, some historians will quibble that: Clement Ader made an earlier unassisted monoplane takeoff; and "fly" is too generous for what Vuia did; "hop" is often preferred. Bottom line: I recommend any future OTD entry for Vuia avoid use of "first" and limit to sayng he made an early powered takeoff. DonFB (talk) 09:44, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

It does seem a little odd, but I imagine it's because Operation Menu has orange maintenance tags on it. Not wrong, exactly, and only another 35 minutes, so I suggest just leaving it. --Floquenbeam (talk) 23:25, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

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