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Touching the Sky: The Flying Adventures of…

Touching the Sky: The Flying Adventures of Wilbur and Orville Wright

by Louise Borden

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The introduction of this book gives a great account of Wilber and Orville Wright’s background and a glimpse into their daily life. This book demonstrates teamwork, which the brothers shared, and what it took for them to be noticed. In this story, the flying adventures begin with the Orville’s flight at the Hudson-Fulton celebration, a two-week celebration of the discovery and navigation of the Hudson River. Wilber Wright showed his flying skills to America while Orville flew in Germany. Flights continued in Europe breaking records in France and Germany. The accounts continue all the way until the last brother’s death; Orville’s funeral included a formation of fighter planes over his service. This book offers several firsthand accounts, maps, and an aviation time-line. This is a detailed history book for the young reader. ( )
  ecollado | Nov 26, 2014 |
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On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers took their historic first flight, and by 1909 the brothers were full-fledged celebrities. In September of that year, Wilbur and Orville finally showed the world, firsthand, just what they had achieved.

In the United States, Wilbur delighted the crowd with spectacular flying demonstrations in New York City during the city's Hudson-Fulton Celebration. He flew over the harbor, glided past tall buildings, looped the Statue of Liberty, and even traveled up the Hudson River to Grant's Tomb. The people of New York were astonished and thrilled to witness these unbelievable flights. At the same time, Orville held daring public exhibitions in Germany and set amazing new records. He flew the highest ever, and took the longest flight with a passenger. The Wright brothers opened doors that no one knew could be opened!

Louise Borden and Trish Marx document the extraordinary lives and achievements of two of our most celebrated American heroes, Wilbur and Orville Wright, from their humble beginnings to their later success and riches.

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A look at how the Wright Brothers became the first celebrities of the twentieth century through their 1909 public flying exhibitions in New York City and Germany.

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