Air Transport World

Centennial of flight.(100 years since the flight of the Wright Brothers)

Flush with the thrill of success with the 1900 glider, their first attempt to build a flying machine, Orville and Wilbur Wright returned to their Dayton home eager to build a bigger, better glider in which they could do some serious flying. They got far less than they expected. The 1901 glider's performance was a huge disappointment, creating a crisis of confidence for the pair. However, in a key period in the development of the airplane, the determined Wrights worked through the crisis, along the way ending any reliance on the rest of the world's knowledge of flying. They found themselves so far ahead of the pack that there was nothing to refer to but their own considerable powers of observation and invention. …

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