On the morning of December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright
took turns piloting and monitoring their flying machine in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Moreover, in 1908, when Wilbur Wright flew in public for the first time, at Le Mans, France, both Wilbur and Orville Wright
became instant worldwide celebrities--the first major celebrities of the twentieth century.
According to brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright
of Dayton, Ohio, it began for them with a toy from France, a small helicopter brought home by their father, Bishop Milton Wright, a great believer in the educational value of toys.
The detailed glimpses of the Wright family revealed in the first pages of David McCullough's superb new book, The Wright Brothers, give more personal information than most of us can claim to know about aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright
As sure as George Washington was our first president and Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, Wilbur and Orville Wright
Wilbur and Orville Wright
may not have seemed obvious candidates to accomplish the first human flight.
He emphasizes their life stories over their achievements, and arranges profiles chronologically, which feature engineers from Western and Eastern Europe and the US, and include Pierre-Paul Riquet, Thomas Telford, John Rennie, Richard Trevithick, George Stephenson, Charles Babbage, John Ericsson, Gustave Eiffel, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Hertha Ayrton, Nikola Tesla, Heinrich Hertz, Wilbur and Orville Wright
, Wernher von Braun, and Edith Clarke.
One of the first toys Wilbur and Orville Wright
had was a flying machine.
Marx is an award-winning author of several children's books, including Touching the Sky: The Flying Adventures of Wilbur and Orville Wright
and Everglades Forever: Restoring America's Great Wetland.
He also has a life-sized sculpture of brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright
installed at a waterfront park in Dayton, Ohio.
Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum, is the author of the highly acclaimed biography of the Wright brothers, The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright
Eppler found this principle epitomized in the partnership of Wilbur and Orville Wright