Early aviator Richard Pearse achieved folk hero status in New Zealand, and his fame is celebrated in this stamp produced in 1990. In the early 1900s Pearse constructed a flying machine, and briefly achieved flight sometime during 1902–1904. The record for the first sustained flight, however, was claimed by the American brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1903.
Tāngia te kōrero katoa
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
New Zealand Post
Reference: 1990 Heritage - the Achievers stamp issue
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