Facing much skepticism in the French aeronautical community and outright scorn by some newspapers that called him a "bluffeur", Wilbur began official public demonstrations on August 8, 1908, at the Hunaudières horse racing track near the town of Le Mans, France. His first flight lasted only one minute 45 seconds, but his ability to effortlessly make banking turns and fly a circle amazed and stunned onlookers, including several pioneer French aviators, among them Louis Blériot.
I reluctantly typed in airplanes cause in my logic they didnt event them, but were the first to take a succesfull flight with them, and was kind of surprised that answer was accepted. But that is besides the point of my request to accept aviation
Is the plural really necessary here... (especially since the s is usually omitted even often in cases where it is an actual part of the word and not just the plural form)