The Wright Brothers

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In the late 19th century, transportation took enormous time and effort, and it was often dangerous. With this being said, it was time for someone to shine. The creative minds in world began to come out, and, finally, the world met a breakthrough. In Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, an alarming invention would change the way humans transport forever. In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright had succeeded in a lifelong adventure of creating a flying machine. The Wright brothers grew up in West Dayton, Ohio, and ever since they were children they were destined for greatness. Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867, in Millville, Indiana, and Orville was born four years later in Dayton, Ohio, on August 19 (Kelly 5). The brothers’ parents were…show more content…
The next move for the brothers was building a wind tunnel and developing model-testing techniques that included a balance to more accurately determine the lift and drag of their aircraft. Orville and Wilbur tested over two hundred different wings and airfoil models to improve the performance of their glides, and their very successful 1902 aircraft was created based on their new data (The Wright Brothers’ Initial Plan and Tactics 2-3). On the morning of December 13, 1903, when deciding who would get the first chance to fly, the brothers flipped a coin, and for this reason, Wilbur was up first (Szalanski 4). His flight lasted about three seconds and the machine had taken some damage (Szalanski 4). The brothers wrote back to their family, saying that the flight was “only partial success” (Szalanski 4). December 17, 1903, was a very windy day in Kitty Hawk, with a speed up to twenty-five miles per hour, and because the repairs on the machine were finished; a perfect day for flying (Szalanski 4). It was Orville’s turn now, and he wrote in his diary: “I found the control of the front rudder quite difficult…As a result the machine would rise suddenly to about 10 ft. and then as suddenly, on turning the rudder, dart for the ground. A sudden dart when out about 100 feet from the end of the tracts ended the flight.” (Orville Wright's Diary 2). Overall,

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