The craft returned to the runway and tipped over onto its nose, damaging the gear, apparently the result of crosswinds. Still beating the Wright Brothers' first flight by 2 sec was good enough for DeLaurier.
"It's a perfect day," he said. "If I have the big one now, I'll die happy." The pilot, Jack Sanderson, was fine. DeLaurier says the ornithopter will likely be repaired and then retired to a museum. To fly farther, it would need bigger wings and roll-control modification, he said. And that would require a bigger source of money.