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"For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man.”
– Wilbur Wright
As young boys, Wilbur and Orville Wright are full of ideas, enthusiasm and dreams. Above their bicycle repair shop they discover how birds are able to balance by tilting their wings – wing warping. They want to make a glider to do the same thing, and their father encourages them. To make their dream a reality.
After writing to the “center of knowledge for flight’” Octave Chanute, they learn the best place to glide is Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They tell Chanute about wing warping and make him promise not to tell anyone until they can perfect it.
Their first attempts are unsuccessful, however, as they realize that Lilienthal’s figures were incorrect. Wilbur and Orville begin experimenting with the figures. Meanwhile, others are beginning to take flight, but only in the beginning stages.
Wilbur and Orville finally have a successful flight. All they need to do is add an engine. Chanute lets the wing-warping idea slip when he is challenged, but the Wright brothers are not worried – the rest of the world doesn’t know how it works.
After a 59 second flight, Wilbur and Orville accept the challenge of Santos-Durmont, the French flyer, to show the world they can fly in France. On August 8, 1908, the Wright brothers become the first in the world to demonstrate the power of controlled flight.
In a time when many scientists were tackling the question of flight, the Wright brothers were able to seize the opportunity to chase after their dream. Who would have thought that bicycle repairmen would possess the knowledge of aviation?
Wilbur and Orville could have easily given up after several unsuccessful attempts; their determination kept them going. With Orville’s ideas and Wilbur’s judgments, they completed the project they had started. Through
perseverance and accomplishment, the Wright brothers became historical figures in aviation.
"The Wright Brothers (AnimatedHero Classics) video, This animated video shows how the brothers builttheir first airplane. Background piano music of the era complements thenarration. Actual film of the plane in flight is a delightful bonus."School Library Journal
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