Wright Brothers

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Wright Brothers

Two brothers who are credited with inventing the airplane. The Wright brothers developed a way for a pilot to control a motor-powered flying machine. This invention revolutionized transportation, trade, warfare and myriad other businesses. Wilbur Wright lived from 1867 to 1912. Orville Wright lived from 1871 to 1948.
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Orville and Wilbur Wright were engineers, inventors and aviation pioneers.
Few people have had greater influence on modern transportation than Orville and Wilbur Wright.
The Ohio measure responds to a 2013 Connecticut law honoring aviator Gustave Whitehead as flying in 1901, two years ahead of Dayton residents Orville and Wilbur Wright.
THE TOPIC: The story is familiar, at least in broad brushstrokes: brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, Dayton, Ohio, bicycle-shop owners, rose to the pinnacle of the aviation world--a world of their own creation--with their successful flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in December 1903.
ORVILLE and Wilbur Wright, the brothers who built the first airplane, operated a small bike repair shop in Dayton, Ohio.
Roach, a historian, traces the history of the Wright Company, founded by Orville and Wilbur Wright in Dayton, Ohio, in 1909 to manufacture their airplanes, prosecute patent infringements, and train aviators.
Quotations from astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, Civil War General James Longstreet and inventors-of-the-airplane Orville and Wilbur Wright, as well as others, are mixed with the poet's voice, which serves to both amplify these other voices and to ground them.
Orville and Wilbur Wright were granted a patent for a "flying machine" on May 22.
Both Orville and Wilbur Wright are household names because their imagination and technical abilities allowed them to lay claim to the first manned powered flight--a rather impressive feather to have in one's cap.
This well-written story puts flesh and blood on the early pioneers of aviation, including Glenn Curtiss, Otto Lillienthal, Samuel Langley, and of course, Orville and Wilbur Wright.
Starting with the one-page requirement issued to Orville and Wilbur Wright for the first military heavier-than-air flying machine, the acquisition system arrived at a point in the 1980s when military contracts were no longer measured by the page but by the linear foot, maybe even by the pound as some skeptics suggested.
Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight in a powered airplane at Kitty Hawk, N.