The Wright Brothers

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The Wright Brothers

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

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