THAT WAS DECEMBER 17….12 seconds changed the world forever. That day, the Wright Brothers took to the sky for 12 seconds…They proved that Men can fly just like Sea Gulls….
SUSAN .. AN INSPIRATION !
Susan, mother of Wright Brothers was shy and inventive, able to make anything especially custom toys for her children.
Although there would be five children in the family, from the start Wilbur and Orville would share a special, almost symbiotic bond. From an early age, the boys were wrapped in dreams of discovery. Their interest in aviation was sparked early by their father when he brought home a small 50 cent French toy that worked as a rudimentary helicopter.
There was third wright brother too...!!!!!
Katherine was the sister of Orville and Wilbur..people have heard her as the third Wright brother.”
“Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician,” Orville would later say.
The brothers began writing the Smithsonian Institute and the Weather Bureau for information and advice regarding theories of flight and aeronautics. Around the turn of the century, in the back of their booming bike shop, they began to construct their own glider.
LOOKING SEA GULLS…!!!!
During testing their new machine, they decided to travel to remote Kitty Hawk, a small beach community with large sand dunes on the Banks of North Carolina. They have stand on the beach for hours at a time just looking at the gulls flying, soaring, dipping.”
MAN BECAME SUPER MAN WITH INVENTION OF WRIGHT BROTHERS!
Nobody who has not experienced it for himself can realize it. It is a realization of a dream so many persons have had of floating in the air. More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace, mingled with the excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.”
governments began to acknowledge the Wrights and their flying machine was patented
FIRST FLYING CELEBRITIES
French and British governments began to show interest in purchasing the Wrights’ Flyers,while American bureaucracy showed little interest. The brothers and their sister Katharine traveled to Europe. They became celebrities and heralded as “American” heroes.
DUAL EQUAL INTELLIGENCE
“Wilbur and Orville were among the blessed few who combined mechanical ability with intelligence in about equal amounts,” Wright BrothersOne man with this dual gift is exceptional. Two such men whose lives and fortunes are closely linked can raise this combination of qualities to a point where their combined talents are akin to genius.”
coin toss MADE Orville TO BECOME the first brother airborne
The brothers tossed a coin to see who would first test the Wright Flyer on the sands of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Older brother Wilbur won the toss, but his first attempt on December 14, 1903, was unsuccessful and caused minor damage to the aircraft. Three days later, Orville, in coat and tie, lay flat on his stomach on the plane’s lower wing and took the controls. At 10:35 a.m., the Wright Flyer moved down the guiding rail with Wilbur running alongside to balance the delicate machine. For 12 seconds, the aircraft left the ground before touching down 120 feet away in the soft sands. The brothers exchanged turns at the controls three more times that day, and each flight covered an increasing distance with Wilbur’s final flight lasting nearly a minute and covering a distance of 852 feet.
A FLYING TOY IS THE INSPIRATION
When the brothers were youngsters in 1878, their father returned home one evening with a gift that he tossed into the air. “Instead of falling to the floor, as we expected,” the brothers recalled in a 1908 magazine article, “it flew across the room till it struck the ceiling, where it fluttered awhile, and finally sank to the floor.” The model helicopter made of cork, bamboo and paper and powered by a rubber band mesmerized the boys and sparked their passion for aviation.
NO DIPLOMO HOLDERS
Wilbur finished four years of high school, but the family moved from Richmond, Indiana, to Dayton, Ohio, before he could receive his diploma. Orville, although intellectually curious, dropped out of high school before his senior year to launch a printing business.
CYCLE COMPANY AND NEWS PAPER
Wilbur eventually joined Orville’s printing business, and in 1889 the brothers began to publish a weekly newspaper, the West Side News. The following year, they published a short-lived daily newspaper, The Evening Item. In 1892 they switched gears and opened the Wright Cycle Company, a successful bicycle repair and sales shop that financed their flying experiments.
NO TIME FOR MARRIAGE…THEY MARRIED PLANES 🙂
The tight-knit brothers, born four years apart, were wedded to their work; Wilbur told reporters that he didn’t have time for both a wife and an airplane.
WRIGHT BROTHERS FLEW TOGETHER ONCE!!
Orville and Wilbur had promised their father, who feared losing both sons in an airplane accident, they would never fly together. The father made a single exception, however, on May 25, 1910, and allowed the brothers to share a six-minute flight near Dayton with Orville piloting and Wilbur the passenger. After landing, Orville took his 82-year-old father on his first and only flight. As Orville gained elevation, his excited father cried out, “Higher, Orville, higher!”
After the first day airborne, the 1903 Wright Flyer never flew again !!!
The brothers made four flights in the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903, and as Orville and Wilbur stood discussing the final flight, a sudden strong gust of wind caught hold of the aircraft and flipped it several times. The aircraft sustained such heavy damage to its ribs, motor and chain guides that it was beyond repair. The Wright Flyer was crated back to Dayton and never flew again.
Orville was involved in the first fatal aviation accident
After their success in 1903, the Wright brothers continued their aircraft development. They marketed their two-passenger Wright Military Flyer to the U.S. Army, which required a demonstration. On September 17, 1908, Orville took to the air for a demonstration flight at Fort Myer, Virginia, with Army Signal Corps Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as a passenger. Just a few minutes into the flight, the propeller suddenly disintegrated, the aircraft spiraled out of control and it smashed into the ground at full speed. Rescuers pulled an unconscious Selfridge from the wreckage, and the lieutenant died hours later. Orville was hospitalized for six weeks after suffering a broken leg, four broken ribs and a back injury that impaired him for the rest of his life.
Neil Armstrong carried a piece of the Wright Flyer with him to the moon
When another aeronautical pioneer from Ohio, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to step foot on the moon in 1969, inside his spacesuit pocket was a piece of muslin fabric from the left wing of the original 1903 Wright Flyer along with a piece of wood from the airplane’s left propeller.
SOME AMAZING FACTS
1. The Wright Brothers didn’t have an advanced way to turn right or left.
2. The Wright brothers first airplane was actually a glider.
3. Their first flight using an engine was on a Thursday at 10:35 on 17 December, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
4. Orville piloted the first successful flightp; the next flight was flown by Wilbur and it ended up being unsuccessful and it even slightly damaged the plane.
5. The plane had a wingspan of 40.3 feet.
6. The engine of the plane weighed 180 lb (82 kg) which made the plane weigh a total of 605 lb (274 kg).
7. Their engine was called a piston engine; this had a total of twelve horsepower.
8. The Wright brotthers improvised when it came to making the wind tunnels to test the wings and propeller.
9. Their father partly disagreed with the brothers, he once said this, “It is impossible for men in the future to fly like birds. Flying is reserved for the angels. Do not mention that again lest you be guilty of blasphemy.”
10. Wilbur was thirty six years old and Orville was only thirty two years old they flew their first successful flight.
Before they built the world’s first powered, heavier-than-air, and controllable aircraft, Wilbur and Orville Wright were two ordinary brothers from the Midwest who possessed nothing more than natural talent, ambition, and imagination. In honor of Wright Brothers Day, here are 15 uplifting facts about the siblings who made human flight possible.
THEIR GENIUS WAS GENETIC
While they were inspired by their father’s toy, the Wright brothers inherited their mechanical savvy from their mother, Susan Koerner Wright. She could reportedly make anything, be it a sled or another toy, by hand.
THEY WERE AUTODIDACTS
The Wright brothers’ lifelong interest in flight peaked after they witnessed a successive series of aeronautical milestones: the gliding flights of German aviator Otto Lilienthal, the flying of an unmanned steam-powered fixed-wing model aircraft by Smithsonian Institution Secretary Samuel Langley, and the glider test flights of Chicago engineer Octave Chanute. By 1899, Wilbur sat down and wrote to the Smithsonian, asking them to send him literature on aeronatics. He was convinced, he wrote, “that human flight is possible and practical.” Once he received the books, he and Orville began studying the science of flight.
THEY ACHIEVED FOUR SUCCESSFUL FLIGHTS WITH THEIR FIRST AIRPLANE DESIGN
The Wright brothers started testing various wing designs and spent the next few years perfecting their evolving vision for a heavier-than-air flying machine. In the winter of 1903, they returned to Kitty Hawk with their final model, the 1903 Wright Flyer. On December 17, they finally achieved a milestone: four brief flights, one of which lasted for 59 seconds and reached 852 feet.
KITTY HAWK FLIGHTS
Despite their monumental achievement, the Dayton Journal didn’t think the Wright brothers’ short flights were important enough to cover. The Virginia Pilot ended up catching wind of the story, however, and they printed an error-ridden account that was picked up by several other papers. Eventually, the Dayton Journal wrote up an official—and accurate—story.
THE BROTHERS SHARED A CLOSE BOND…
Although the Wright brothers weren’t twins, they certainly lived like they were. They worked side by side six days a week, and shared the same residence, meals, and bank account. They also enjoyed mutual interests, like music and cooking. Neither brother ever married, either. Orville said it was Wilbur’s job, as the older sibling, to get hitched first. Meanwhile, Wilbur said he “had no time for a wife.” In any case, the two became successful businessmen, scoring aviation contracts both domestically and abroad.
BUT WERE OPPOSITES IN MANY WAYS
Although they were much alike, each Wright brother was his own person. As the older brother, Wilbur was more serious and taciturn. He possessed a phenomenal memory, and was generally consumed by his thoughts. Meanwhile, Orville was positive, upbeat, and talkative, although very bashful in public. While Wilbur spearheaded the brothers’ business endeavors, they wouldn’t have been possible without Orville’s mechanical—and entrepreneurial—savvy.
PROUD OF TWO STATES
Since the Wright brothers split their experiments between Ohio and North Carolina, both states claim their accomplishments as their own. Ohio calls itself the “Birthplace of Aviation,” although the nickname also stems from the fact that two famed astronauts hail from there as well. Meanwhile, North Carolina’s license plates are emblazoned with the words “First In Flight.”
LOOK AT RIGHTLY WRIGHT BROTHERS…….THANKS TO NEIL ARMSTRONG …HE TOOK THE PEACE OF WRIGHT FLYER TO THE MOON….EVEN THOUGH WRIGHT BROTHERS ARE NOT ON OUR PLANET…. THEIR MEMORIES ARE EVER IN OUR PLANET AND ALSO MOOOON …..