The Wright Brothers and Why They Were First to Flight

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The Wright Brothers and Why They Were First to Flight
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Aviation History: February 6, 2012

In today’s world of transportation, aviation is the preferred way of travel. The aviation world has developed immensely since the beginning of flight. Most people of today’s world have given credit to the Wright brothers for this ingenious creation. On the other hand, there are still some people today who believe that they were not first to flight. The Wright brothers are one of the most famous American inventors. This writing explores numerous articles on the internet that examines Wilbur and Orville’s life and the invention that helped them fly. This paper explains the Wright brothers and how they achieved first to flight. Wilbur and Orville Wright had a unique childhood, great partnership, innovative inventions and many experiments that gave them the tools needed to accomplish this amazing invention. More importantly, the Wright brothers did not piggy back off of any previous pioneers; in fact they proved that earlier pioneers were using the wrong calculation. In their journey they show to achieve flight one must control an aircraft along an axis. The Wright brothers had to invent or create new components and designs through their journey. One of their incredible inventions is still used in today’s world of aviation, the three axis-control system. Their self-taught engineer minds proved to be what the world of aviation needed.

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS 3 The Wright Brothers and Why They Were First to Flight It all started with Milton and Susan Wright and the childhood they gave their children. They had seven children and out of those seven children two of them, Wilbur and Orville, would become the world's most famous ingenious partnership, known as The Wright Brothers. Wilbur was the older of the two by four years. Wilbur Wright was born April 16, 1867 in Millville, Indiana and Orville was born August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio. During their childhood, Wilbur and Orville were always together learning from one another. In their parents’ house there were two libraries and from those libraries Wilbur and Orville received their education from. In grammar school and middle school Wilbur and Orville did really well. With that being said, these two brothers never graduated from high school or college. I guess they really did not need to because their parents were the perfect combination as a teacher. Milton and Susan Wright went to Hartesville College. Milton was a Preacher and educator and Susan was a jack of all trades, you can say. The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission (n.d.) says, “Susan Wright studied Literature, Science and math; she even had a large mechanical aptitude that was developed from working with her father who was a carriage-maker.” According to Mary Carson (2003.), “Susan Wright actually constructed her children’s snow sleds and she was able to fix a lot of her appliances that would break.”(p.8). Wilbur and Orville always went to their mother for anything mechanical and their father for academic challenges. Milton and Susan always allowed their children to research all and anything that their children could think of. Orville Wright once said, “We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate...
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