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  • 1. By Kelsee S. The Wright Brothers
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  • 3. Wilbur and Orville
    • Wilbur Wright—born April 16, 1867 in Millville, Indiana
    • Orville Wright—born August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio
    • 3 siblings: Reuchin, Lorin, and Katharine Wright
  • 4. Careers
    • Began their own printing firm
    • At 22 and 18, they built their own printing press.
    • Started a repair business
    • Opened a bicycle shop
    • Created their very own bicycles
  • 5. How it all Started…
    • Ott Lilienthal’s work proved that manned flight was possible.
    • The brothers learned everything they could about flying.
    • They began designing experiments of their own.
    • They built their 1 st miniature flying machine in the 1890s.
  • 6. Creating Flying Machines
    • Created their own wind tunnel
    • A long, narrow wing shape is the best design for a flying machine.
    • Figured how to move the vehicle freely
    • Devised a pulley system
  • 7. 1903 Flyer
    • Created 1 st airplane props
    • Used 8-foot propellers
    • Built their own lightweight gas-powered engine
    • 152-pound engine = 12 horsepower
  • 8. First Flight
    • Thursday, December 17, 1903
    • Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
    • Strong winds between 22-27 M.P.H.
    • Flew for 12 seconds at 120 feet
    • (1908) Record flight—2 hours and 19 minutes
  • 9. First Airplane Crash
    • September 17, 1908
    • Nearly 2,000 people for the event
    • Lt. Selfridge volunteered to be a passenger for the trial.
    • Lt. Selfridge died from a fractured skull.
    • Buried with military honors at the Arlington National Cemetary
  • 10. Retirement
    • They continued to design and manufacture planes until 1912, when Wilbur died of typhoid fever.
    • Orville sold his shares and retired.
    • Orville would not invent again without his brother.