The Wright Brothers


When the words aircraft, airplane, glider, or plane enter a conversation the first thought that comes to mind is Orville and Wilbur Wright. Wilbur, the oldest, was born on April 16, 1867 in New Castle, Indiana and Orville was born four years later on August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio. (Porter 736) The two dropped out of high school before receiving their diploma and became interested in mechanical devices, (“Wright Brothers”) which after the death of Otto Lilienthal in 1896, led them to pursue flying mechanisms. (“Wright” 60) Between the years of 1900 and 1902 the two tested gliders and produced the first reliable tables of air pressure on curved surfaces. Starting in 1902 they began ...

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causing air travel to grow at an even faster rate. “During the 1960's about 100 million passengers flew on airlines and now in the 90's 1.25 billion people fly annually.” (“Transportation”) Transportation from city to city, was a luxury in the early 1900's but thanks to the discoverers by Wilbur and Orville Wright it is now an event that takes place in every major city in every country in the world. Air transport is the most rapidly developing form of transportation. Although Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight in a heavier-than-air craft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903 (Pursell 455-456),” not until after World War I did air transportation achieve prominence in all countries.” (“Transportation”) Our lives have not only become simpler through the use of efficient transportation but by the ability to transport messages across a country in a matter of days through Airmail. Airmail is used for any first-class mail going more than 200 miles and is sometimes ...

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