The Revolutionary Wright Brothers: Orville And Wilbur Wright

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The Revolutionary Wright Brothers

Flight was dreamt by many and achieved by two people, Orville and Wilbur

Wright. Orville and Wilbur Wright were born in 1871 and 1867 respectively. Their father

introduced both of them to engineering at a young age and that sparked their interest in

flying. In a biography, written by Tejvan Pettinger, he says, “When they were young,

their father bought them a small ‘helicopter’ – built in France. They later commented that

this helicopter sparked an interest in flight and they sought to build similar models

themselves.” (Pettinger 1). This quote gives an explanation about where they found their

inspiration to construct the plane and achieve flight. Before they had started to build their

plane,
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Science is the backbone of

engineering and so the brothers had to apply some science to making the plane fly. In the

biography about the Wright brothers, author Fred Howard; he covers their journey to

making the plane and the science involved in it. “Thrust, therefore, must depend on

several discrete but interdependent factors: the shape of the propeller blade; its pitch, or

the angle at which it strikes the air…” (Howard 108). The brothers cracked the code to

flight with their discovery of thrust. With it, future physicists and engineers would use it

to construct newer and better planes, even other forms of air travel. With science

happening every day in the would, flight would not be possible without it and we would

not know the Wright brothers or have the plane.

The Wright brothers’ airplane control system, unique design, and their approach

to constructing the plane paved the way for many more engineers to make their own

planes modeled after the brothers’ plane. With the three-axis control system making

controlling the plane much smoother and give the pilot much more control over the plane.

The design of the plane has gone from the normal glider to the more open approach

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