The possibility of flight was once thought as impossible; however, two brothers, with their brilliant minds, were able to overcome the shortcomings of flight. The achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright are so closely entwined that one cannot be conversed about without the other. The quote “From the time we were little children my brother Orville and myself lived together, played together, worked together, and in fact though together” by Wilbur Wright, proves their minds worked together since they were born. The ability to fly around the world would not be possible without Orville and Wilbur Wright; their innovation and determination helped create the first airplane and proved that man can fly. However, most of their influence came from their dad when he bought a rubber band helicopter, which sparked their interest in flight (Orville Wright).
Background of the Brothers
Wilbur, who was the third oldest of the seven children in the family, was born in Millville, Indiana on April 16, 1867. The Wrights later moved to Dayton, Ohio, which is where Orville was born on August 19, 1871 (Orville Wright). The brothers came from a shy family, which led the brothers to live a wifeless and friendless life (Freudenthal 5). Their father, Milton Wright, was a bishop and although little is known about their mother, what is known is Susan Wright was handy with tools and inventive; which most likely influenced the brothers (Orville Wright). Orville and Wilbur first became interested in flying machines, the name used back in the 1800’s for airplanes, was when their dad decided to bring the boys a present. The present was a rubber band-powered helicopter, which they played with so much that it broke. They tried to recreate a larger version of the helicopter, but had failed to do so. This was the first time they learned how hard it was to control and how unbalanced it was (Orville Wright). The brothers had both received high school education, but... [continues]
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