"And on 23 October 1906 his 14-bis made the first powered heavier-than-air flight in Europe to be certified by the Aéro-Club de France and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale."
"One of the reasons why Americans refused to attend the French events was that their plane, to take off, used a catapult, weighing 700 kg that came down from a tower and propelled the aircraft to the flight, something totally out of the parameter of Europeans."
"The first documented balloon flight in Europe was by the Brazilian-Portuguese priest Bartolomeu de Gusmão. On August 8, 1709, in Lisbon, Bartolomeu de Gusmão managed to lift a small balloon made of paper full of hot air about four meters in front of king John V and the Portuguese court"
Ofc an american would say that the Wright brothers invented the airplane.