The Wright Brothers

We tend recall that Orville and Wilbur were  a couple of bicycle mechanics. What we don’t often recall is that they not only built the first airplane, they also did so in a methodical, scientific manner, establishing some of the fundamentals of sound aerodynamic engineering, such as the use of wind tunnels, that endure to this day.

And it was on this day 110 years ago that the first successful flight of their odd little machine opened the door to heavier than air flight.


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Thanks to Spill for reminding me.

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  1. A replica of the Wright Flyer was built for the century celebration and it wouldn’t fly. Gotta wonder.