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Who Were the Wright Brothers

Author : James Buckley, Jr.
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As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical. As young men, they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and any sort of machinery they could get their hands on. As adults, the brothers worked together to invent, build, and fly the world’s first successful airplane. This is the fascinating story of the two inventors and aviation pioneers who never lost sight of their dream: to fly, and to soar higher!

To Fly

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Beginning with Orville and Wilbur's childhood fascination with flight, brief, accessible chapters trace the work that the two Wright brothers did together to develop the first machine-powered aircraft.

The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright

Author : Wilbur Wright
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The Early History of the Airplane Illustrated Edition Dodo Press

Author : Orville Wright
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The Wright brothers, Orville (1871-1948) and Wilbur (1867- 1912), were two Americans who are generally credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight in 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible. The brothers' fundamental breakthrough was their invention of "three axis-control," which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. They gained the mechanical skills essential for their success by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. The brothers' contracts with the U. S. Army and a French syndicate depended on successful public flight demonstrations that met certain conditions. The brothers had to divide their efforts. Wilbur sailed for Europe; Orville would fly near Washington, D.C. They are the authors of The Early History of the Airplane (1922).

PUBLISHED WRIT WILBUR ORVILLE

Author : Wilbur Wright
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For the first time, nearly seventy of Wilbur and Orville Wright's published writings are brought together in a single, annotated reference. Spanning the decades from the brothers' turn-of-the-century experiments with gliders until Orville's death in 1948, the articles describe the design of their aircraft, early test flights, and camp life at Kitty Hawk. Because Wilbur's sudden death in 1912 ended any hope that the Wrights would produce a book of their own, the articles collected in this volume are their only published words.

A History of Early Aviation

Author : Wilbur Wright
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The pioneers of aviation. The firsthand account by the Wright Brothers of their early experiments with gliders and the first powered flight, and William J Claxton's account of early balloon flight and aircraft development to World War One.

American Legends

Author : Charles River Charles River Editors
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*Includes pictures of the Wright brothers, their planes, and important events. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. "For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life. I have been trying to arrange my affairs in such a way that I can devote my entire time for a few months to experiment in this field." - Wilbur Wright, 1900 A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright are quintessential American stories. Growing up in America's heartland, the boys lived very ordinary lives with 5 other siblings and worked in printing jobs and repair jobs that involved tinkering with tools and bicycles. But at the end of the 20th century, one of the brothers' passions became an obsession, especially for Wilbur, who would later write, "My brother and I became seriously interested in the problem of human flight in 1899." The Wright Brothers initially underestimated the difficulties involved in flying, and they were apparently surprised by the fact that so many others were working on solving the "problem of human flight" already. Decades before their own historic plane would end up in the National Air & Space Museum, Wilbur and Orville asked the Smithsonian for reading materials and brushed up on everything from the works of their contemporaries to Leonardo Da Vinci. Undeterred by the work, and the fact that several would-be pioneers died in crashes trying to control gliders, the Wright Brothers tested out gliding at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina for several years, working to perfect pilot control before trying powered flight. In December 1903, the brothers had done enough scientific work with concepts like lift to help their aeronautical designs, and they had the technical know-how to work with engines. On December 17, the brothers took turns making history's first successful powered flights. The fourth and final flight lasted nearly a minute and covered nearly 900 feet. The Wright Flyer I had just made history, and minutes later it would be permanently damaged after wind gusts tipped it over; it would never fly again. Although the Wright Brothers are still famous for the first flight, the rest of their story is often overlooked, especially their subsequent contributions in the field of aviation. Far from merely experimenting for a few weeks, Wilbur would work in aviation until dying of typhoid at the age of 45 in 1912, and it fell upon Orville to continue their business crucial aviation developments. By the time Orville died in 1948, planes had nearly reached supersonic speeds, a far cry from the days of bicycles and carriages he knew as a kid. American Legends: The Wright Brothers profiles the lives, careers, and legacies of the famous brothers. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Wright Brothers like you never have before, in no time at all.

Miracle At Kitty Hawk

Author : Wilbur Wright
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With little formal education and even fewer business skills, Wilbur and Orville Wright solved the scientific mystery that defeated the greatest minds of their day. This collection of six hundred letters between the two brothers traces the genesis of their flying machine, from their initial frustration to their bursts of discovery and the thrill of ultimate success. Witness the resourcefulness, good humor, and sheer pluck of America's most famous brothers.

How We Invented the Airplane

Author : Orville Wright
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Filled with rare photographs and featuring accounts written by the Wright Brothers themselves, this fascinating firsthand history covers the brothers' early experiments, their construction of planes and motors, the first test flights, life after Kitty Hawk, and much more. Introduction and commentary by Fred C. Kelly. 76 black-and-white photographs.

Wright Brothers

Author : Kalyani Mookherji
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Ever since the dawn of civilization, humans have been fascinated by flight. While mankind could match and conquer almost every kind of creature in nature, aerial motion was an ability that remained out of its grasp. After centuries of trial and errors, it was finally in 1903 that the human intellect made the first step to conquer the skies. And this step was taken by the Wilbur and Orville Wright of USA. Apart from the first fully operational airplane, the Wright brothers invented or improved upon many other machines like the bicycle and glider. Their technological mastery and aerial engineering ushered in a new chapter in human locomotion and transportation.