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  The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age- National Air and Space Museum Exhibition Home Page
The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age
Compared to their previous gliders, the Wrights' 1902 glider had a much thinner airfoil and longer and narrower wings, which their wind tunnel tests had shown to be more efficient.
The Wrights combined their wing-warping control concept and the structural design of the Chanute-Herring glider in their first aircraft, a biplane kite with a 5-foot wingspan, built in July 1899.
www.nasm.si.edu /wrightbrothers   (473 words)

  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.
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.
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 Wright brothers: Wilbur and Orville Wright   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Bishop Milton Wright and Susan Catharine Wright had four sons, Reuchlin, Lorin, Wilbur, and Orville, and one daughter Katharine.
Although Bishop Wright was a firm disciplinarian, both parents were loving and the family was a close one.
The Wright articles page has links to articles prepared by the brothers describing their invention of the airplane.
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 Wright Brothers History: The Tale of the Airplane   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The positive slope of the Wright brothers indicates a steady progression in the ability of their heavier-than-air craft.
Once details of the Wrights methods became public when their patent was issued in late 1905, other inventors quickly copied the important discoveries of the Wright brothers, and developed airplanes as capable as those of the Wrights.
The Wrights first craft in 1900 was approximately equal to the best that had been done prior to that time.
www.wam.umd.edu /~stwright/WrBr/taleplane.html   (838 words)

 Wright Brothers Papers - Documents - Letters - Diaries - Notebooks
Wilbur and Orville Wright's diaries and notebooks, most of which document the brothers' flights at Kitty Hawk and elsewhere as well as their scientific data, formulas, and computations relating to the aerodynamic and design factors which enabled them to achieve flight.
It took the Wrights more than three years to obtain the patent for their flying machine, which they originally filed for on March 23, 1903, and which was not granted until May 22, 1906.
The Wright Brothers originally offered their flying machine for sale to the U.S. War Department in January of 1905, but three years had passed before the federal government developed serious interest.
www.paperlessarchives.com /wright_brothers_papers.html   (2208 words)

 Orville Wright | Co-Inventor of the First Successful Airplane   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
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.
www.lucidcafe.com /library/95aug/wright.html   (489 words)

 Wright Brothers Band: Biography Page
Whatever the genre the Wright Brothers are visiting at the moment, it's bound to be marked by this versatile group's signature sounds: rich, intertwining harmonies backed by virtuoso instrumentals.
The Wright Brothers' quarter century of making music together is testimony to their ability to bring a smile to every member of their audience.
The Wright Brothers' resume is impressive: They did the soundtrack for and appeared in the MGM movie Overboard, starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
www.wrightbrothersband.com /biofile2003.html   (574 words)

 PBS - Chasing the Sun - Orville and Wilbur Wright
The Wright Brothers, on the other hand, were much more scientific and methodical in their approach.
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)

 Wright Brothers in the Aviation History Encyclopedia
The Wright Brothers, Orville Wright (1871 - 1948) and Wilbur Wright (1867 - 1912), are widely credited with the invention of the airplane and making the first controllable, powered heavier-than-air flight.
The Wright brothers grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where they ran a bicycle repair, design and manufacturing company (the Wright Cycle Company).
After the advent of relatively light combustion engines (Benz, Otto, Diesel), other pioneers followed: Richard Pearse (March 1903) and Karl Jatho (August 1903), who was able to start his self-made motored gliding airplane without the aid of a catapult.
www.usairnet.com /encyclopedia/Wright_brothers.html   (658 words)

 Other Wright Brothers' Sites
Founded in North Carolina to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight, the Foundation is spearheading an effort to preserve and protect the monument to the Wrights at Kitty Hawk, and to have the US Mint produce a commemorative coin for the Centennial.
The full-scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer suspended in the atrium of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library was conceived and built by a dedicated group of volunteer model makers, mechanics, engineers, woodworkers, and seamstresses under the leadership of Howard R. DuFour.
Althought the Wrights are now generally regarded as the first to produce a controllable heavier-than-air machine that sustained flight, during the early half of the 20th Century, the Smithsonian Institution claimed that the design produced by Samuel P. Langley, then the head of the Smithsonian, was "capable" of flight.
www.wrightflyer.org /Links   (3547 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.
The Wright Brothers first serious interest in flying machines appears to have come after news of the death of the German glider pilot, Otto Lilenthal, in 1896.
www.cdli.ca /CITE/wright.htm   (981 words)

 Wright Brothers Photography
The brothers continued their flying experiments in Ohio and in Fort Myer, Va., and were granted a patent for the plane in 1906.
The brothers had arranged to have John T. Daniels of the Kill Devil Life-Saving Station, who was among the spectators, snap their camera for them just at the moment the machine had reached the end of the take-off rail and had risen two feet into the air.
Orville Wright at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism.
www.paperlessarchives.com /wrightbrothers.html   (442 words)

 The Henry Ford   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Wrights stayed in Dayton until 1878, when Milton was elected bishop and moved the family to Iowa.
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.
A disappointing performance by the 1901 glider prompted the Wright brothers to construct a wind tunnel to test the effectiveness of a variety of wing shapes.
www.hfmgv.org /exhibits/wright   (852 words)

 Wright Brother's letters to the Smithsonian
Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867-May 30, 1912) and Orville Wright (August 19, 1871-January 30, 1948) were the inventors of the first successful airplane.
Secretary Langley was devastated when the Wright Brothers beat him with their first successful flight in 1903.
Because of this, in 1925, he loaned the Wright 1903 Flyer to the London Science Museum, promising that it would not return to the United States until the Smithsonian renounced its claim.
www.si.edu /archives/documents/wright.htm   (424 words)

 Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wilbur Wright was born on a farm near Millville, 8 miles east of New Castle, Ind., April 16, 1867.
Wright had "a streak of her father's mechanical ability," and she had a reputation in the family for being able "to mend anything." Bishop and Mrs.
It was that year that the brothers assembled their printing press from old parts found in junk yards and barns and began to publish a successful neighborhood weekly newspaper.
statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us /nc/ncsites/wright1.htm   (2432 words)

 U. S. Centennial of Flight - Wright Brother's History
The Wright brothers quest for powered flight spanned many years and took them many thousands of miles from their home in Dayton, Ohio.
The Wright story did not end on December 17, 1903 with Wilbur's flight of 120 feet on the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; but grew as they took their invention to Europe.
Their demonstrations of the 'Wright Flying Machine' brought their accomplishment to the World scene in a way that truly marked the beginning of a new era.
www.centennialofflight.gov /wbh   (228 words)

 Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company and Museum of Pioneer Aviation Home Page
Tales of the Wright brothers, the people who knew them, and the airplanes they flew.
Meanwhile, the State of Ohio Legislature sent commendations to each of the 31 kids that built and flew the 1902 Wright Glider in June 2005.
The Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company and Museum of Pioneer Aviation is a forum for early aviation historians and enthusiasts, a
www.wright-brothers.org   (715 words)

 Overview of the Wright Brothers' Invention Process
The Wright Brothers were kite enthusiasts and they used the kite flights in the same way that modern engineers use wind tunnels and flight testing to try out their ideas concerning flight control.
In late 1901, the brothers began to doubt the data which they were using to design their aircraft.
In the spirit of the Wright Brothers, NASA is attempting to use aeronautics technology to provide affordable access to space.
wright.nasa.gov /overview.htm   (876 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)

 The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane
The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane
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).
Unwilling to unveil their technology without the protection of a patent and a contract for the sale of airplanes, the Wright brothers did not make public flights until 1908, at which point they emerged as the first great international heroes of the century.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/Wright_Bros/WR_OV.htm   (1070 words)

 The Coast Guard's Role in the Wright Brothers Flight on 17 December 1903.
The Coast Guard's Role in the Wright Brothers Flight on 17 December 1903.
This picture was taken for the Wright Brothers, and posterity, by Surfman J. Daniels, a member of the crew of the Kill Devil Hills Lifesaving Station.
The mental attitude of the natives toward the Wrights was that they were a simple pair of harmless cranks that were wasting their time at a fool attempt to do something that was impossible.
www.uscg.mil /hq/g-cp/history/faqs/Wright_Brothers.html   (1820 words)

 NASA - The Wright Brothers' Story
The Wright brothers did things together from the time they were small boys.
In 1902, the brothers added a vertical rudder to the rear of their machine to control the left and right motion of the nose of the aircraft (yaw axis).
Using this device, the brothers were able to gather information that could be used to design the wings of the gliders and powered aircraft that would carry them into the air.
www.nasa.gov /audience/foreducators/k-4/features/F_Wright_Brothers_Story.html   (1010 words)

 The Wright Brothers - First Flight, 1903
The brothers began their experimentation in flight in 1896 at their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio.
The brothers notified several newspapers prior to their historic flight, but only one - the local journal - made mention of the event.
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.
www.eyewitnesstohistory.com /wright.htm   (1183 words)

 Photography and the Wright Brothers
The images are as important as the Wrights' diaries, notebooks, and letters to knowledge and understanding of the brothers' historic accomplishments.
It is no accident that there is a photographic account of the Wrights' work, for the brothers' use of a camera to record their experimentation was consistent with their deliberate scientific methods.
That the Wright brothers truly delighted in photography and did not use it only as a means to document their work is revealed in a lecture Wilbur delivered in 1901 before the Western Society of Engineers.
memory.loc.gov /ammem/wrighthtml/wrightphot.html   (988 words)

 Honoring the Wright Brothers: The AIAA Wright Flyer Project
Honoring the Wright Brothers by researching, building, and flying a modern representation of the 1903 Wright Flyer.
The Project is in the process of moving from Riverside Airport to the more widely known Flabob Airport.
Fred Culick, Chief Engineer for the AIAA Wright Flyer Project, has written a comprehensive history of the Project to date.
www.wrightflyer.org   (356 words)

 First Flight Shrine: Wilbur & Orville Wright - The First Flight Society - The First Flight Society
he Wright brothers made the world's first four successful airplane flights on the cold, windswept sands of North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Although Wilbur achieved the best results of the day on the fourth and final flight, 852 feet in 59 seconds, it is Orville's earlier flight that is best remembered.
With these four successful flights, Wilbur and Orville Wright launched the world into the age of aviation.
www.firstflight.org /shrine/wright_brothers.cfm   (126 words)

 Wright Brothers Photos
Helen Wright, age 12, niece of the Wright brothers, and Leontine Wright.
View of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, photographed by the Wright brothers in the vicinity of their 1900 camp, where they conducted their first gliding experiments in October.
Wright brothers rebuilding their glider in a wooden shed erected in July to serve as a workshop and to house the glider in bad weather, August 1901; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
www.centennialofflight.gov /media/photo/congress/display/1congress.htm   (464 words)

 Wright B Flyer
The Wright "B" Flyer was constructed to honor the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers and promote Dayton, Ohio as the "Leader in Flight,".
It is brought to you by a large number of members/sponsors that assist in funding the operations and support, and volunteers who oversee the actual flying, operations, and maintenance.
In addition to the Wright "B" Flyer, there is an authentic replica of a Wright Model B Flyer, the civilian model, which was built by Tom and Nancy Valentine and delivered to the Wright "B" Flyer Organization on August 24, 2001.
www.wright-b-flyer.org /index.html   (886 words)

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