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    English 7 01 October 2015 Women in Aviation:Katharine Wright Katharine’s Childhood and Family “Katharine Wright was conceived at the Wright home at 7 Hawthorn Road, Dayton, Ohio on August 19, 1874 - her sibling Orville's third birthday. She was the youngest child of Milton and Susan Wright and the only girl to survive. (Her sister Ida died in early stages of life.) Like all the Wright kids, she had no middle name - her dad asserted that he gave his children particular first names so they wouldn't need center names. This may be the reason she has an uncommon spelling of her name. Her brothers called her by the moniker “Swes” a German word for “younger sibling.” Most of her friends called her “Kate.””(Katharine Wright) How did Katharine Help her Brothers When her brothers moved their test flights from Kitty Hawk, NC and started perfecting their powered flying machine at Huffman Prairie just outside Dayton, Ohio, Katharine would get a few trusted teachers to help with the experiments. The aircraft and the…

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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…

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    In, “A Solemn Warning to Wingsuit Flyers” the author, Lola Jones, explains how a very intelligent man was able to improve wingsuit flying. The man’s name was Geoffrey Robson. He worked hard his whole life to get where he was. He was a qualified mechanical engineer and mathematician who combined that with wingsuit flying. Robson did end up dying doing what he loved, which was wingsuit flying. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” I feel this quote goes perfectly…

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    On December 17th, 1903, two Americans, Wilbur and Orville Wright created the first successful airplane design. As the only sustained, controlled, heavier-than-air, human flight of the time, it was groundbreaking. Furthermore, their three-axis control became and remains the standard steering system on various fixed-wing aircrafts. Their basic design would be developed into the much-more-practical Wright Flyer III. However, large scale usage of aviation technology would not be observed until World…

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    Massey Ferguson Tractors a Change in Innovation The story of Ferguson Tractors starts not with building tractors but Aero Planes. Harry Ferguson in 1902 went to work for his brother Joe in a bicycle shop and car repair. While working there he found and exciting interest in aviation. In 1909 Ferguson became the first person to fly in Ireland when he just all of a sudden took off on a monoplane he had designed. After he had a falling out with his brother over the safety of the planes he was…

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    The historical actions and invention by the Wright brothers will forever change the way humans travel across water. The Problem-solving strategies invention of a contraption that was heavier than air but could fly was very intriguing to Gary Bradshaw. Bradshaw’s main focus question was “how the Wright brothers solved the problem of creating a heavier-than-air flying machine when so many others have failed”(Bernstein 2014). The reason this certain question held his focus was the shocking news of…

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    Samuel P. Langley, astronomer, mathematician, and physicist had always had interest in flying. He started working towards flight by gaining a spot as an assistant astronomer at the Harvard College Observatory and a mathematics professor for the U.S. Naval Academy. Langley constantly engaged in expanding his knowledge and through this he met many different colleagues led him to inventors and scientist that pursued heavier than air flight. Langley worked with gliders for a little bit but then…

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    The Wright brothers’ inventing the airplane paved the way for air travel in America. Because of this event, America saw a new way of transportation. “It was there, on December 17, 1903, their airplane soared for 12 seconds, traveling 120 feet [...] before landing” (Nelson). The Wright brothers created a whole new business for aviation for America when they “achieved the first manned flight of a power-driven, heavier-than-air machine” (“The Airplane”). This made all of America open their eyes…

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    The Fathers of Modern Aviation were born in the heart of the American Midwest in 1867 and 1871. Their names were Orville and Wilbur Wright, two brothers that would go on to build and fly the first airplane. Their parents, Milton and Susan, were of English and German ancestry. Orville and Wilbur were just two of the seven children born into the Wright family. Orville was the second youngest and Wilbur was born just before him. Orville was quite mischievous in school and often got in trouble,…

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    Without the genius inventions brought to the surface by Lawrence Sperry, we would not have been able to advance in our knowledge of aviation–or fly once it became dark outside. Autopilot, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “a device for automatically steering ships, aircraft, and spacecraft”. Mr. Sperry is the man who brought this device–made by his father and improved by him–into the aviation world, which was an enormous leap in the process of improving airplanes. He had reduced…

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