of a Plane
The Wright Brothers
The Kitty Hawk was made in Dec. 17, 1903. 32
year old Orville and 36 year old Wilbur Wright, were born in Dayton, Ohio.
They became interested in aviation after they read about the death of Otto
Lilienthal who was a German who tested gliders.
The Wright brothers were both excellent mechanics. They
started a bicycle repair shop in 1892 which continued 1904. By their work
and experiences at the bike shop they learned to construct
a wing of an aircraft. When the Wright brothers got interested
in flight in 1900 they tried an experiment called ěKill Devil Hillî
because it took place at Kill Devil Hill . This experiment had to
do with the way planes fly. In 1903 they made the first powered,
manned aircraft. It flew 120 feet. In March of 1904, a civil
engineer, named Octave Chanute, issued a magazine by the name of
ěPopular Science Monthlyî. The first issue out had a picture of
the Wright brothers' plane flying. At that time newspapers everywhere
had little coverage of the Wright brothersí discovery . People in Dayton
Ohio were the first to hear about the remarkable plane. Even then
people thought it was a joke. When the Wright brothers offered their plane
to the government they did not take them seriously until 1908. At that
time they bought their first military airplane from the Wright brothers.
During 1908 Orville suffered a broken thigh and two broken ribs in
a plane crash. From 1910-1912 the Wrights gave flying lessons to
several people who later became aviation leaders and famous exhibition
pilots. May 30, 1912, Wilbur died of typhoid fever. Orville
sent the original plane to a Science Museum in London in 1912.