If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.”
Orville and Wilbur Wright were born four years apart and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Two of seven children, the brothers found a common bond when their father, who traveled often, brought home a toy “helicopter.” Based on an invention by Alphonse Pénaud, a French aeronautical pioneer, the device was made of paper and bamboo with a rubber band to twirl its rotor. After playing with the toy until it eventually broke, Orville and Wilbur decided to construct their own. Years later, the brothers pointed to this experience as the beginning of their interest in flying.
The boys weren’t particularly successful in school and neither received his high school diploma. Instead, they built their own printing press and started a printing business where they published newspapers. When the national bicycle craze took hold in 1892, Orville and Wilbur opened a bike repair and sales shop in Dayton. The brothers went on to manufacture their own bicycle brand and used the money to fund their growing interest in flight.
The mechanical skills they learned through their early endeavors proved invaluable later on. In 1899, drawing on the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Chanute and Sir George Cayley, among others, they began experimenting with aeronautics. In the years that followed, Orville and Wilbur conducted extensive glider tests that also developed their piloting skills. Through these test flights they began to realize that developing a better method for pilot control was the key to fixing the flying problem.
Today the Wright brothers are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane. They are also known for making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. While Orville and Wilbur were certainly not the first to fly experimental aircraft, their invention of the three-axis control, which enabled pilots to steer the aircraft and maintain equilibrium, was a major breakthrough. This same technology remains standard on fixed-wing airplanes today, proving that the right idea will fly!
Innovation. Pass It On!
This billboard about innovation features Wright Brothers; Orville (1871-1948) and Wilbur (1867-1912); entrepreneurs, airplane inventors.
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Franklin 15 days ago from Los Santos
I didn't heard much of the Wright Brothers but I didn't learn about them in my history classes.
Ohodgee Nieves 2 months ago from Hartford,CT
~Dreams may not come true, but they remain in our hearts~
Seth 3 months ago from Pennsylvania
this is cool
bryse 6 months ago from houma
You cannot be too young or too old to start living your dream.
Spencer Metz 7 months ago from MLG Superstar
For those that give their lives so that we may live in freedom and happiness, only our dedication to their accomplishment can we ensure our future will survive
Jerry Waldrop 10 months ago from West Melbourne, FL
I like the billboard that says the right idea will fly and the commercial that is called classroom I think this website is cool.I will join more often.
Angeline about 1 year ago from
Wilbur and Orville are my ancestors!
K. Wright over 1 year ago from Florida
I saw this on my holiday trip in the US last year and took a photo. The Wright Brothers and Leonardo da Vinci are my heroes.
They are inspiring me while developing new tech trying to solve world energy crisis. Thank you!
J.C.Aqfaq almost 2 years ago from Finland
This is really cool!
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Kimberly about 2 years ago from La
Saw this one on bus stop wall in Orange County, CA...looking good!
Lars over 2 years ago from Orange County, Calif
SL over 2 years ago from USA
Thank you :)
Michael almost 3 years ago from Canada
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