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First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina
by Stephen Kirk
When Wilbur and Orville Wright arrived on North Carolina's Outer Banks in the year 1900, they were unknown bicycle mechanics who dreamed of powered flight. Even after they achieved the first heavier-than-air, powered flight in the dunes of Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903, they remained obscure. But by the time of Orville's last flights on the Outer Banks in 1911, the ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Blair
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I try and read books about the places that I visit while I am there, it helps to bring some context to the place and helps me to understand why others may have found it influential or important. Found this book at the B&B we stayed at, in the sightline from the Wright Brothers Memorial monument in Kill Devil Hills a few weeks ago. I nice quick read, but full of details and information that goes way beyond what you will get from a visit to the Memorial. The park rangers there give a fantastic ...more
En español se titula "Pioneros del Aire", este libro documenta de manera muy objetiva los problemas que tuvieron que pasar los Hermanos Wright para poder alcanzar el sueño de volar, muy motivador, lo leí sabiendo un poco con lo que me iba a encontrar, lo motivante es ver a los Hnos. Wright levantarse una y otra vez para intentarlo nuevamente hasta alcanzar el éxito.
I liked this book. I didn't understand the technical parts of airplane design, etc., but I enjoyed the story. I wish I had read this before I went to Washington, D.C., this summer and visited the Smithsonian. I would have appreciated the displays so much more.