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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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  • that Soediro stole a limousine to be used as Sukarno's presidential car, despite not knowing how to drive?
  • The article says nothing about theft, in fact it says that Soediro "convinced the driver to give him the keys". That doesn't sound like stealing, by any measure. 2600:8800:1880:FC:5604:A6FF:FE38:4B26 (talk) 06:40, 19 March 2019 (UTC)

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Four gloomy entries - I know it is in the nature of ITN, but ... Jackiespeel (talk) 20:35, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

Jackiespeel The beginning of the year is a slow period as we don't yet have a lot of recurring events(that are usually more positive) for posting; we can only wait for events to happen that merit posting. We can also only consider what is nominated, if you know of articles about more positive events that may merit posting and are covered in the news, feel free to nominate them at WP:ITNC. 331dot (talk) 20:40, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
M<ore an observation, as there has not been 'a grouping' for a while, and sometimes it is possible to reorganise what appears.
When was the last time there was a 'too many X (over the last few days) across the MP' comment on this talk page? Jackiespeel (talk) 15:06, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
Here. Art LaPella (talk) 16:53, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
And the more general 'Woe is Wikipedia -the MP is not 'hot drinks and crumbs near the keyboard and/or the children and/or worksafe'?
Perhaps, as a reasonable compromise - when 'four gloomy ITN entries have been there for several days' something neutral is rotated in - eg [1] (which is on the List of meteor air bursts). Jackiespeel (talk) 19:10, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
I think you want birds, but I don't get the relevance. Art LaPella (talk) 19:33, 18 March 2019 (UTC)