Wright brothers billboard

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.” Orville Wright

About This Billboard

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.

Recent Comments

I have a dog named Chop:)
Franklin , Los Santos

I didn't heard much of the Wright Brothers but I didn't learn about them in my history classes.
Ohodgee Nieves, Hartford,Ct

~Dreams may not come true, but they remain in our hearts~
Seth, Pennsylvania

this is cool
Bryse, Houma

You cannot be too young or too old to start living your dream.
Spencer Metz, 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, 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,

Wilbur and Orville are my ancestors!
K. Wright, 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, Finland

This is really cool!
Bailey, Indy

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