Brazil takes credit for inventing 1st airplane at Rio 2016 opening ceremony

Reinhard Krause / REUTERS

It's been a source of long debate in Brazil about who invented the airplane.

Most people say the Wright Brothers.

In Brazil, they say Alberto Santos Dumont is the inventor - and that the Wright Brothers actually invented a ''jumping machine.'' To pay homage to Dumont, a small plane appeared in the stadium during the portion of the opening ceremony that showed where Brazil began modernizing.

The plane's appearance only lasted for a few seconds.

The next big part of the show got much bigger cheers - that being Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen from one end of the stadium floor to another in a shimmering gown.

As she walked, ''The Girl From Ipanema'' blared through the stadium.

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Brazil takes credit for inventing 1st airplane at Rio 2016 opening ceremony
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