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The wright brothers were ingenious inventors, they invented what we now know today as the aeroplane.

The wrights brothers grew up during the second industrial revolution. What happened during this time is that there were many advances in science and medicine.

BornOrville: August 19, 1871

Wilbur: April 16, 1867, images-11

Overille the younger of the two brothers was born in 1871 and he died in 1948, Wilbur the older of the two brothers was born in 1867 and died in 1912.

In 1884 the whole family moved to dayton. This was because Overille and Wilbur’s father was a Bishop. Dayton, Ohio was the center of the Brethen Church.

At about the same time their mother grew ill with typhoid and Wilbur just out of high school put off collage to nurse his mother. Their mother died in 1889 the same year that Overille dropped out of high school to open a printing shop.

In 1890 Wilbur joined Overille as part of the printing shop.

In 1894 Wilbur and Overille got swept up into the bicycle craze and they began repairing bicycles. This soon became a full time job and in 1896 they began manufacturing their own bicycles.

“In 1896, the same year the newspapers were filled with accounts of flying machines. Wilbur and Orville noticed that all these primitive aircraft lacked suitable controls. They began to wonder how a pilot might balance an aircraft in the air, just as a cyclist balances his bicycle on the road. In 1899, Wilbur devised a simple system that twisted or “warped” the wings of a biplane, causing it to roll right or left. They tested this system in a kite, then a series of gliders.”

“They made their first test flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on the shores of the Atlantic where the strong winds helped to launch the gliders and the soft sands helped to cushion the fall when they crashed. Their first two gliders, flown in 1900 and 1901, failed to perform as the Wrights had hoped. The gliders did not provide enough lift nor were they fully controllable. So during the winter of 1901-1902 Wilbur and Orville built a wind tunnel and conducted experiments to determine the best wing shape for an airplane. This enabled them to build a glider with sufficient lift, and concentrate on the problem of control. Toward the end of the 1902 flying season, their third glider became the first fully controllable aircraft, with roll, pitch, and yaw controls.”

“During the winter of 1902-1903, with the help of their mechanic, Charlie Taylor, the Wrights designed and built a gasoline engine light enough and powerful enough to propel an airplane. They also designed the first true airplane propellers and built a new, powered aircraft. Back in Kitty Hawk, they suddenly found themselves in a race. Samuel P. Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, had also built a powered aircraft, patterned after a small, unmanned “aerodrome” he had flown successfully in 1896. To add to their frustrations, the Wrights were delayed by problems with their propeller shafts and the weather, giving Langley time to test his aircraft twice in late 1903. Both attempts failed miserably, however, and Langley left the field to the Wrights. On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first sustained, controlled flights in a powered aircraft.”

They continuously improved their gliders and eventually what was a glider became an aeroplane.

As their fame grew orders for air-crafts poured in.

Then in 1912 Wilbur tired and stressed out from from all the work became ill with typhoid fever and died.

Overille’s last project was fittingly re-building the 1905 flyer III. In 1948 Overille after fixing a door bell at his home in dayton he suffered form a heart attack and died a few days later. therefore he unfortunately did not get to see the unveiling of the machine.



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