The missing Wright Brothers patent has been found!
The Kansas City Star has the dismaying story with a happy ending:
A century-old patent file for the Wright brothers’ pioneering airplane was missing for 36 years until a group of researchers tracked it down last month to a storage cave in Lenexa.
The file was taken, with a security detail, from Kansas City to the National Archives HQ in D.C. The patent will be on display in Washington beginning on May 20.
Here is an interesting tidbit:
While this story has a very happy ending, it certainly reminds me of the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark where the ending wasn't quite as happy.