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Wilbur and Orville: A Biography of the Wright Brothers

by Fred Howard

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This book gives some flavor of the Wrights' personalities and some detail on the technical achievements. I am somewhat technical-minded, and, it's enough for me. After a century has passed, a definitive study of their personalities may not be possible. After a century of flight, the finer points of aeronautical engineering and the experience of flying are covered well elsewhere. The best, most important contribution of this book may be the discussion of other personalities and their achievements (or lack of) in seeking flight, as they impacted the Wrights' lives and efforts. The author is uniquely qualified to do this, and he has done it well.

That may sound lukewarm, but I love the book, pick it up again & again for a lift. It's nostalgia, I suppose. What better technical achievement has man made, than to fly. And, what an amazing story; two machinists on a shoestring budget succeeded where well-financed men of high station failed again and again. And, kept it a virtual secret for several years until revealing it to an astonished world. ( )
  RichardM4321 | Aug 1, 2013 |
I had the chicken pox in 1988 when Dick Estelle read this book on Radio Reader. Isn't it funny how the mind works? I remember this book clearly 23 years later! Anyway, Wilbur and Orville is a *fabulous* book about the brothers who invented the first successful airplane. There is also information here about the other people racing to get a plane in the air at the same time. A good read. ( )
  alsatia | Oct 15, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486402975, Paperback)

Definitive, highly regarded study tells the full story of the brothers' lives and work — before, during and after the historic flight at Kitty Hawk: early experiments and glider flights on Indiana sand dunes, exhilarating days on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the bitter patent fight that followed, Wilbur's untimely death, and more.

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Definitive, highly regarded study tells the full story of the brothers' lives and work ? before, during and after the historic flight at Kitty Hawk: early experiments and glider flights on Indiana sand dunes, exhilarating days on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the bitter patent fight that followed, Wilbur's untimely death, and more.… (more)

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