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How We Invented the Airplane: An Illustrated History

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  4 reviews
It was the realization of a dream as old as mankind. On December 17, 1903, two bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio, achieved the first sustained, powered, heavier-than-air flight in a machine of their own design and construction. This book offers a concise and fascinating history of that remarkable accomplishment, much of it in the words of the inventors themselves. The he ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by Dover Publications
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Mark Hansen
I read this book as a High School Senior, in 1984, and was so impressed with the scientific method used by the Wrights, that I went into the sciences. This is simply the best book about the Wrights, and the planes they invented, because it is written in their own words. It is truly a rare occasion when a pioneer visionary writes so clearly about the work they pioneered, and never before has such a book been written, on such a revolutionary subject. The work the Wrights undertook has touched the ...more
Daniel L.
A Dream Come True!

A full quarter century before the historic first flight of a powered, controlled heavier-than-air aircraft, a minister named Milton Wright presented two young boys with a model Penaud "helicoptere." As Wilbur and Orville Wright observed, "A toy so delicate lasted only a short time in the hands of small boys, but its memory was abiding."

This wonderful book chronicles the careers of Orville and Wilbur Wright, drawing upon the writings of the brothers themselves and Fred C. Kelly,
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Jacqueline
It is a technical read with lots of information. I found the principles and practices they used interesting. Though flying has developed the things they discovered are still relevant. The Wright brother’s realised things about flying that are still being thought today. I am currently learning to fly and fund it fascinating. The way they figured out how to turn is still in used. Though now it is only a part of the wing not the whole thing.
Having the pictures was great too. They allowed you to se
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Andrew Ives
Perhaps not the most riveting read in the world due to it being necessarily technical in places, and rather more like a cobbled together bundle of scientific papers than a coherent book as such. Even so, the first half, which concerns the flights, the people involved, and some technical elements is interesting enough to warrant reading a book as short and important as this.
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The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who were credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. From 1905 to 1907, the brothers devel ...more
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