Richard Pearse - age: 75

Richard Pearse

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ABOUT

Aviation pioneer who built one of the earliest, heavier-than-air flying machines.His first airplane is rumored to have become airborne weeks before the Wright Brothers took their famous flight.The Peter Jackson-produced mockumentary, "Claimed," dealt with the rivalry between Pearse and the Wright Brothers.

BEFORE FAME

His early attempts at flying were hindered by engines that were too weak to effect anything more than a hopping motion.

PERSONAL LIFE

He grew up in Temuka, New Zealand.

FUN FACTS

Pilot Richard Pearse were born on Monday, birthstone is Turquoise, the seaon was Fall in the Chinese year of , it is 331 days until Richard Pearse next birthday.

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