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.