In 1908 aviation was less a science than a hope, it had more aspects of an expensive sport than any relationship to practical engineering. Nevertheless, there was a widespread conviction that mechanical flight was like a sun loitering beneath the horizon—dawn was inevitable—but when?
Smith, Richard K.
"Not A Success—But a Triumph: 80 Years Since Kitty Hawk,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 36
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol36/iss6/3