It's all about who gets the press
(A little history trivia)
From the Truth-Is-Stranger-Than-Fiction Dept.
One of Leonardo da Vinci's famous sketches is of a flying machine. But his was not the first! An actual attempt at flight was made in the eleventh century!
William of Malmesbury, twelfth-century English chronicler, wrote the following about Eilmer, an English inventor:
He was a man learned for those times, of ripe old age, and in his early youth had hazarded a deed of remarkable boldness. He had by some means, I scarcely know what, fastened wings to his hands and feet so that, mistaking fable for truth, he might fly like Daedalus, and collecting the breeze on the summit of a tower, he flew for more than the distance of a furlong. But, agitated by the violence of the wind and the swirling of the air, as well as by awareness of his rashness, he fell, broke his legs, and was lame ever after. He himself used to say that the cause of his failure was his forgetting to put a tail on the back part.
(cited in Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel by Frances and Joseph Gies)