After the 1914 flight, curators at the Smithsonian Institution displayed the Great Aerodrome with a label (left) that stated it was the first airplane “capable” of flight. The wording angered Orville Wright (Wilbur had died in 1912). He knew that Curtiss significantly modified the machine beyond fitting it with pontoons. In 1928, Orville sent the original 1903 Wight Flyer to the Science Museum in London, where it remained for 20 years. It returned to the U.S. only after the Smithsonian publicly acknowledged the extent of modifications done to the Great Aerodrome in 1914. The 1903 Wright Flyer finally went on display at the Smithsonian on December 17, 1948, the 45th anniversary of the first flight.