Flying High With The Wright Brothers

If you've ever flown on an airplane, you can thank Orville and Wilbur Wright. And if you've ever wanted to build an airplane, but have no engineering experience, go for it—the Wright brothers didn't either. Thanks to winning a coin toss, Orville was the first to take flight on December 17, 1903—a flight that lasted 12 seconds and glided 120 feet. That plane, the Wright Flyer, was never to sail through the air again after a sudden gust of wind flipped the fragile aircraft several times. Despite the setback, the brothers were undeterred. They forged on, creating revolutionary airplanes that would transform the world of aeronautics forever. In an interesting twist, the legendary aviation pioneers known as the Wright brothers flew together only once.

Long considered the "fathers of modern aviation," the Wright brothers were encouraged to follow their dreams and curiosities. Subsequently, they invented the world's first airplane. Serving on boards and committees dedicated to aviation research, Orville Wright surrounded himself with his own invention until he died in 1948. Check out this playlist for inspiration that could lead to the next big thing.

Written by Curiosity Staff August 11, 2014

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