History is not made by those trying to make history. Rather, it is crafted by those trying to improve a problem.
The Wright Brothers saw the flying contraptions of the 19th Century and wondered, “What if they could be controlled while in the air?”
Thus, beginning with the Wright Glider in 1902, airplane controls saw the ability to manipulate roll, pitch, and yaw. They weren’t trying to become historical aviators. They wanted to fix a problem they identified in aviation, and they did.