Friday, January 8, 2010

The Wright Brothers


We are wrapping up our Inventors and Innovators series today with the pictures above of Wilbur and Orville Wright, pioneers in early aviation and flight. Notice how I called them "pioneers in early aviation and flight", and not the first to fly? Well, first, lots of people flew before them, but it was not motorized flight. I think George Washington might have even gone up in a hot air balloon. Also, there is always controversy about who was actually the first to do something, because usually lots of people are trying, and it can get into technicalities about what counts as the official "first". Anyway, there is no doubt that these men were innovators and helped bring us practical air travel.


7 comments:

  1. You are correct - Geo. Washington was the first American president to go up in an "aircraft". This bit of news always throws my history classes for a loop!

    Orville and Wilbur's father was a Methodist bishop who was not pleased with their expirements. He wasn't certain, but felt that was a possibility they would puncture the membrane of the sky. Apparently, an earlier version of worrying about a hole in the ozone.

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  2. I think the poll should have an option for "other". Some readers might have person in mind.

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  3. We have procatical air travel??

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  4. +JMJ+

    Wilbur was the obvious choice for Wright "hottie".
    ;-)

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  5. Practical if you have all day and don't mind undressing.

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  6. Anon:

    Ha ha and so true

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  7. Amazing photos. I wonder what year these were taken.

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