The Wright Brothers launched us into the wild blue yonder one hundred years ago today. (No relation, BTW, that I am aware of.)
The festivities on the Outer Banks didn’t go well, with the recreation of the flight falling flat due to rain and mud.
So, had the Wright Brothers failed (like the recreationists today), become discouraged and stopped, what then? I feel certain someone else would’ve picked up the slack and carried forward. There were enough folks trying to create flying machines that someone else was bound to have figured it out, but it does make you wonder…. what if?