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  Orville Wright's Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871 on 7 Hawthorn Street in Dayton, Ohio.
Orville wrote of his childhood: "We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever aroused curiosity(ref)." The two libraries in the Wright house were especially encouraging of academic pursuits.
Orville was the more mischievous of the two brothers, had a healthy childhood, and wasn't inclined to excessive study.
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 Wright brothers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wilbur Wright was born in Millville, Indiana in 1867, Orville Wright was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1871.
In years to come, Dayton newspapers would proudly celebrate the hometown Wright brothers as national heroes, but the local newsmen's ability to overlook one of the biggest stories in human history as it was happening a few miles from their doorstep stands as a unique chapter in the annals of American journalism.
Orville and Katharine Wright believed Curtiss was partly responsible for Wilbur's premature death, which occurred in the wake of his exhausting travels and the stress of the legal battle.
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 Wright brothers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Orville was badly injured, at first it was believed fatally; miraculouly he survived albeit his left leg fractured and suffering four broken ribs.
The Wrights' preoccupation with the legal issue hindered their development of new aircraft designs, and by 1911 Wright aircraft were considered inferior to those made by other firms in Europe.
The Wright brothers agreed to the proposal, adding that their pilot and aircraft would put on an exhibition once the cargo was delivered to the Driving Park landing area on the east side of Columbus.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Orville_Wright   (8351 words)

 Wright Brothers - MSN Encarta
Orville Wright (1871–1948), American aeronautical engineer famous for his role in the first controlled, powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine and for his participation in the design of the aircraft's control system.
Wright worked closely with his brother, Wilbur Wright, in designing and flying the Wright airplanes.
Orville became president of the Wright Company after Wilbur’s death in 1912, but in 1915 he sold his interest in the company to pursue aviation research.
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 The Wright Brothers | Wilbur Wright
Orville was born in Dayton on August 19, 1871.
Orville was as bright as his brother, but he could be mischievous in the classroom and did not always apply himself fully.
Orville was charming and an interesting conversationalist with family and close friends, as well as an incorrigible practical joker.
www.nasm.si.edu /wrightbrothers/who/1859/orville.cfm   (343 words)

 The Henry Ford
Orville's sister, Katharine, was also born in that house on his third birthday.
Orville was an average student, known for his mischievous behavior.
The first time Wilbur and Orville referred to themselves as "The Wright Brothers" was when they started their own printing firm at the ages of 22 and 18.
www.hfmgv.org /exhibits/wright   (852 words)

 Wright Brothers National Memorial, National Park Service
Orville Wright was born August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio.
The Wrights labored in relative obscurity, while the experiments of Samuel Langley of the Smithsonian were followed in the press and underwritten by the War Department.
It was the Wrights' genius to see that humans would have to fly their machines, that the problems of flight could not be solved from the ground.
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 Wilbur Wright | American Co-Inventor of the First Successful Airplane   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
When the Wrights first offered their machine to the U.S. government, they were not taken seriously, but by 1908 they closed a contract with the U.S. Department of War for the first military airplane.
Wright Flyer Online - Learn about the Wright Flyer Project, in which a full-sized replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer, flown in the first-ever powered flight, will be wind tunnel tested at NASA Ames Research Center.
The Wright Brothers 100th Anniversary of Aviation Coin was developed and minted to honor the monumental achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright.
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 Wright Brothers Information Packet
October- December, 1901: The Wright brothers conduct further tests of their airfoils with wind tunnel and pressure-testing balances of their own design, becoming the first investigators to compile tables of figures from which it was possible to design an airplane that would fly.
December 15, 1902: Orville and Wilbur commence plans for a new flying machine to be equipped with motor and propellers by conducting propeller experiments and beginning construction of a four-cylinder engine.
January 30, 1948: Orville Wright dies at the age of 77 due to a heart attack.
www.libraries.wright.edu /special/wright_brothers/packet/timeline.html   (1052 words)

 PBS - Chasing the Sun - Orville and Wilbur Wright
After years of development, Orville and Wilbur Wright finally were ready to test their first powered plane, the Wright Flyer.
Once the Wrights had been granted their patent, they finally felt secure enough to begin proving to the world that they, indeed, were the true pioneers of aviation.
Orville Wright, in the meantime, was in the midst of selling the company he and his brother built.
www.pbs.org /kcet/chasingthesun/innovators/owwright.html   (827 words)

 Profile of Wilbur and Orville Wright - FlightDeck Aviators
Orville, on the other hand, caused much mischief in school and quit before his last year to start a printing shop.
Orville Wright was full of mischievious pranks around his family, but outside that tightly-knit circle, he was almost pathologically shy.
While Orville loved to concentrate on the detailed mechanics of a given problem, Wilbur looked at the big picture, the systems involved in the whole project.
www.exn.ca /FlightDeck/Aviators/wright.cfm   (688 words)

 Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers (Library of Congress)
Letters from Wilbur and Orville Wright to their sister and father provide details of their thoughts and activities while they were conducting aeronautical experiments at Kitty Hawk or making flight demonstrations in Europe.
This exchange of letters begins with Wilbur Wright's prophetic statement of 13 May 1900, "for some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man." The letters, with their discussions of the unresolved scientific and philosophic problems posed by manned flight, indicate a shared dedication to a common goal.
As a result of this dispute Orville Wright lent the 1903 Wright flying machine to the Science Museum in London in 1928, and it was not installed in the Smithsonian Institution until after his death in 1948.
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 Orville Wright
Orville Wright, the son of a United Brethren Church bishop and the brother of
However, as well as aviators, the Wright brothers were also interested in photography and had arranged for these flights to be captured on camera.
One attempt to fly the replica of the Wright Flyer, in front of President Bush and some of the surviving greats of aviation history, had to be postponed due to torrential rain.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /SCIwrightO.htm   (1002 words)

 World Almanac for Kids
At Kitty Hawk the Wrights also proved to their satisfaction that planes could be balanced best by pilots, rather than by built-in engineering devices; this was the major idea covered by the first Wright patent.
That same year the Wrights fulfilled a contract with the U.S. Army Signal Corps to produce a plane that could fly for 10 min at a speed of 64 km/hr (40 mph).
His individual contributions to the improvement of aircraft include the development of the first wind tunnel in 1901 and the discovery, in 1902, that tailspins could be eliminated by substituting a movable vertical tail for the stationary one then in use.
www.worldalmanacforkids.com /explore/inventions/wright.html   (596 words)

 The Wright Brothers - First Flight, 1903
Orville's brother Wilbur piloting the record flight lasting 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet.
At about 10:30 that morning, Orville Wright lay down on the plane's wing surface and brought its engine to life in preparation of launching it and himself into history.
Orville Wright's diary appears in: McFarland, Marvin, The Papers of Wilbur & Orville Wright (2001); Crouch, Tom D., The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright (1989); Wright, Orville, How We Invented the Airplane (1953).
www.eyewitnesstohistory.com /wright.htm   (1183 words)

 Wright brothers: Wilbur and Orville Wright
Bishop Milton Wright and Susan Catharine Wright had four sons, Reuchlin, Lorin, Wilbur, and Orville, and one daughter Katharine.
Wilbur, their third son, was born on a small farm near Millville, Indiana April 16, 1867, while Orville (1871-1948) and later Katharine were born at 7 Hawthorn Street in Dayton.
The Wright articles page has links to articles prepared by the brothers describing their invention of the airplane.
www.wright-house.com /wright-brothers/Wrights.html   (724 words)

 The Wright Brothers Web Resources for Students
Born in 1871 Orville and his older brother, Wilbur (born in 1867) were sons of a minister and lived the most proper lives imaginable.
The key to the Wright Brother's success was that their engineering had gone beyond the trial and error methods of their contemporaries.
Aviation pioneers Orville Wright, lying prone at the controls of the Flyer, and brother Wilbur watching from the ground during the first manned, powered and controlled flight, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, December 17, 1903.
www.cdli.ca /CITE/wright.htm   (981 words)

 Orville Wright
Orville was one of the four children of Milton and Susan Wright.
Orville enjoyed bicycling and so he and his brother went into the bicycle business where they were able to vent their mechanical aptitude.
Orville did receive an award for his achievements, this award is called the Daniel Guggenheim medal and he was awarded the very first one.
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 Wright Brothers, Orville Wright Historical Documents and Autographs
On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first flight of a self-powered airplane, the “Wright Flyer,” that he had designed and built in collaboration with his brother Wilbur Wright.
He helped the Wright Brothers with the wind tunnel testing of their first gliders, and was later tasked with building the engine that would power the first airplane.
Entirely made out, and boldly signed, by “Orville Wright.” Most Orville Wright checks are completed in another hand – this one is entirely Orville, and reinforces the personal nature of this donation to a cause that was close to his heart.
www.heritagecs.com /wrightbros.htm   (1296 words)

 WayBack . Flight . Wright Flight | PBS KIDS GO!
One day, when Orville and Wilbur Wright were boys, their father returned from a trip with a gift that would help change their lives--and history--forever.
While watching pigeons flying, Wilbur and Orville Wright noticed that the birds kept adjusting the positions of their wings.
Orville held one of the wing tips to help balance the airplane as it roared down the starting track.
pbskids.org /wayback/flight/feature_wright.html   (981 words)

 Aeronautics - Orville & Wilbur Wright
Orville Wright was a champion bicyclist and so the brothers went into the bicycle business, which gave full vent to their mechanical aptitude.
The Wright brothers combined their two hobbies by making every effort to equip a bicycle with wings and place an internal-combustion engine aboard to turn a propeller.
Orville died in 1948 and was elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1965.
www.allstar.fiu.edu /aero/wright.htm   (566 words)

 The Wright Brothers: Wilbur and Orville - EnchantedLearning.com
Orville and Wilbur Wright were raised in Dayton, Ohio.
Wilbur Wright died in 1912 of typhoid fever; Orville died in 1948.
The Wright brothers' famous airplane, the "Wright Flyer," is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., USA.
www.enchantedlearning.com /inventors/page/w/wright.shtml   (484 words)

 The Wright Brothers
Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio and his older brother, Wilbur Wright, was born on April 16, 1867 in a farm near Millville, Indiana.
Their father, Milton Wright, was a bishop in the United Brethren Church and their mother, Susan Catherine Wright, was a housewife.
When Orville was seven and Wilbur was eleven, their dad brought home a surprise, partly hidden under his hands.
www.kyrene.k12.az.us /schools/brisas/sunda/inventor/wright   (419 words)

 TIME 100: The Wright Brothers
Wilbur and Orville Wright were two brothers from the heartland of America with a vision as sweeping as the sky and a practicality as down-to-earth as the Wright Cycle Co., the bicycle business they founded in Dayton, Ohio, in 1892.
It was a force that led the Wright brothers to invent, single-handedly, each of the technologies they needed to pursue their dream.
When published aeronautical data turned out to be unreliable, the Wright brothers built their own wind tunnel to test airfoils and measure empirically how to lift a flying machine into the sky.
www.time.com /time/time100/scientist/profile/wright.html   (689 words)

 Invent Now | Hall of Fame | Search | Inventor Profile
Orville and Wilbur Wright, American inventors and aviation pioneers, achieved the first powered, sustained, and controlled flight of an airplane.
In 1908 they were able to conclude an agreement for production of the Wright airplane for the U.S. Army.
Wilbur was born in Millville, Indiana; Orville in Dayton, Ohio.
www.invent.org /hall_of_fame/156.html   (268 words)

 A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Wilbur and Orville Wright
Orville was a champion cyclist, and in 1892 they opened a bicycle shop, selling and renting the newly popular vehicle.
Orville sold his share in the Wright Company three years later, and continued aeronautical research in his own lab.
In 1929, the first Guggenheim Medal was given to Orville for his and Wilbur's contributions to aeronautics.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/aso/databank/entries/btwrig.html   (371 words)

 Wright brothers — Infoplease.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Both excellent mechanics, the Wrights used the facilities of the bicycle repair shop and factory which they operated (1892–1904) at Dayton for the construction of their early aircraft.
Orville designed an engine, which they constructed and attached to their improved glider.
Orville Wright - Orville Wright Born: 1871 Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio Flying machine—The Wright brothers...
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 The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane
Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville Wright (1871-1948), printers and bicycle builders from Dayton, Ohio, took their first serious step toward the invention of the airplane in 1899.
The Wright brothers moved toward the development of a practical flying machine through an evolutionary chain of seven experimental aircraft: one kite (1899), three gliders (1900, 1901, 1902) and three powered airplanes (1903, 1904, 1905).
The authorized biography of the Wright brothers written by a contemporary of the Wrights.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/Wright_Bros/WR_OV.htm   (1070 words)

 Wilbur and Orville Wright: Brief Notes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Wilbur and Orville Wright were two American brothers who were born in the mid 19th century.
By 1902 the Wright brothers had built a glider which flew up to a height of 183m.
On 17th December 1903 the Wright brothers were ready to test their first aeroplane, Flyer1.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /SAVwright.htm   (356 words)

 Inventor of the Week: Archive
In fact, Orville's housekeeper insisted on using an old-fashioned ice box instead of a modern refrigerator.
On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur announced that they would attempt to fly the world's first airplane: The Wright Flyer.
The public was still skeptical, but three years later, the Wrights obtained a patent for their flying machine, taking a huge step toward bringing the far corners of the world within everyone's reach.
web.mit.edu /invent/iow/wright.html   (253 words)

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