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The wright brothers


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The wright brothers

  1. 1.     Inventing and building the world's first successful airplane Making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903 The brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft The Flyer, especially by 1905, was the first heavierthan-air, manned, powered, winged machine to fly successfully under full control, using aerodynamic principles developed by the Wright brothers and applied since then on all practical airplanes.
  2. 2. Born- April 16, 1867 Died-May 30, 1912 (age 45) in typhoid fever 1886 winter- accident Faught for their patent rights until his death
  3. 3.    Presented an independent personality Never graduated from high school Loved to read and write! “I have always thought I would like to be a teacher.…” -Wilbur Wright
  4. 4. Born August 19, 1871 Died January 30, 1948( aged 76) after his second heart attack Started his own printing business Sold their company in 1915 1930- recieved the first Daniel Guggenheim Medal 1936- was elected a member of the National Academy of Science
  5. 5.     Developed an interest in technology and science early in life More of an inventor than Wilbur Very shy but a class clown Never graduated from high school
  6. 6.   In 1889 the Wright Brothers started the West Side News It was a weekly newspaper that Wilbur and Orville Wright published briefly in 1889 and 1891
  7. 7. In 1893 The Wright Brothers started a bicycle shop that allowed them to rent and repair bicycles.  Only 5 of the Wright Brothers’ bicycles exist to this day. 
  8. 8.  The Wright Brothers developed their plans for a flying machine from bicycle concepts
  9. 9. Wright Flyer 1 “ On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard.”
  10. 10.   This stopwatch was used to time the Wright Brothers’ flights at Kitty Hawk The first successful flight was 12 seconds long and covered 120 feet
  11. 11.   Travel to Kitty Hawk was tedious The Wright Brothers found a local cow pasture just outside of Dayton where they could extend their experiments and practices
  12. 12.  The farmer who owned Huffman Prairie didn’t not charge rent to the brothers but he insisted that they make sure the farm animals were out of the way first!
  13. 13.     The Wright Flyer 2 worked well However, Wilbur and Orville still found it difficult to control On October 20, 1904 the Wright Brothers flew the first complete circle in an aircraft The flight was 1 minute, 36 seconds and covered 4,080 feet
  14. 14.   The Wright Flyer 3 was much easier to control The Wright Brothers began to stay in the air for longer and longer periods of time
  15. 15.    In 1905, the Wright Brothers’ experimental period ended With their third powered airplane, they now routinely made flights lasting several minutes On October 5, Wilbur made an amazing flight in which he circled the field 30 times in 39 minutes for a total distance of 24 1/2 miles
  16. 16. First flight of Wright flyer 1 Wright flyer 3