Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wright Brothers

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Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867. Orville Wright was born on august 19, 1871. The Wright Brothers are generally credited with inventing and flying the first airplane. Although they were not the first to make a flying machine or glider, they were the first to successfully construct and operate a powered airplane carrying a human body.

The Wright brothers gained their knowledge of mechanics while running the Wright Bicycle Exchange, a bike shop they opened in 1892. The manufacturing of their own brand had begun by 1896. By 1898 the brothers had started research on aeronautical engineering.

1900 marked the first flight of their large scale glider operated by Wilbur.
1901 was a year for revision on the first glider. They dove heavily into aerodynamics, running tests with home-made wind tunnels.
1902 was the transitional year of successful glider runs while improving on the previous models

1903 is the main event. The first powered airplane operated by Orville Wright lifted off in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The flight lasted a short 12 seconds and went a humble 120 ft. The next two flights that day were that of Wilbur. The flights were recorded at 175 ft and 200 ft. The altitude was a shy 10 ft.
Soon after, the brothers were contracted by the US Army and the French Syndicate.

Wilbur died in 1912 at the age 45, leaving the company to Orville Wright. Wright Company Inc. was soon sold in 1915. Orville went on to work with NACA and NASA. It was said Orville retired to a mansion where he passed in 1948 at the age of 76

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