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Early Brazilian plane in Wright brothers country

world Updated: Oct 03, 2009 19:56 IST

A rare replica of a 1908 airplane designed by Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont is on display in Wright brothers country.

The replica of the plane, called the Demoiselle, is on loan to the Champaign Aviation Museum in western Ohio and is expected to stay in the United States at least a year.

It sits a few feet (meters) away from a replica of a Wright brothers' plane and 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of Huffman Prairie, where Wilbur and Orville Wright developed and perfected their airplanes.

The Demoiselle was built two years after Dumont flew one of his planes outside Paris in 1906.

Although it was nearly three years after the Wright brothers made their first flight on the sand dunes of North Carolina, the 1906 flight was the first that Europeans had seen.