Ten fun facts about Wilbur and Orville Wright

1. The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of Aviation

Wilbur and Orville Wright were two of the most influential figures in aviation history. They were the first to invent controls for an aircraft that made fixed-wing powered flight possible, a feat that had eluded inventors for centuries. The Wright brothers achieved this breakthrough in 1903, when they successfully flew the first powered, heavier-than-air aircraft. Prior to this, other inventors had built and flown aircraft, but the Wright brothers were the first to develop a system of controls that allowed for sustained, controlled flight. This invention revolutionized the field of aviation and opened the door for the development of modern aircraft.

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2. Two Brothers Invented the First Airplane

Wilbur and Orville Wright were two brothers who achieved the incredible feat of inventing the first successful airplane. Their skills and knowledge of mechanics were honed through their work in their printing presses, bicycles and other machinery shop. This experience allowed them to understand the principles of aerodynamics and develop the Wright Flyer, which made the first powered, sustained and controlled flight in 1903.

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3. Wright Bros: From Tragedy to Airplane Inventors

In 1870, Wilbur and Orville Wright were blessed with twin siblings, but sadly, the babies passed away shortly after their birth. This tragedy was a difficult time for the Wright Brothers, who had to cope with the loss of their beloved siblings. Despite this, Wilbur and Orville went on to become two of the most influential inventors of all time, pioneering the first successful airplane flight in 1903.

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4. Wilbur Wright's Toothless Triumph

In the mid 1880's, Wilbur Wright was the victim of a hockey stick accident that resulted in the loss of his front teeth. The incident was a major setback for the future aviation pioneer, who, along with his brother Orville, would go on to make history with the first successful powered flight in 1903.

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5. Famous Inventors Wright Bros. Didn't Graduate HS

Wilbur and Orville Wright, two of the most famous inventors in history, never earned their high school diplomas. Despite this, the brothers achieved remarkable success in their lives, inventing the world's first successful airplane in 1903. The Wright brothers' lack of formal education did not stop them from becoming pioneers in the field of aviation, and their legacy continues to inspire generations of innovators.

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6. Wilbur Wright's Life Cut Short by Typhoid Fever

In 1912, Wilbur Wright's life was tragically cut short at the age of 45 due to a bout of typhoid fever brought on by eating bad shellfish. His untimely death was a great loss to the world, as Wilbur and his brother Orville had achieved the incredible feat of inventing the first successful airplane just three years prior.

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7. Wright Brothers Receive Daniel Guggenheim Medal

In 1928, Orville Wright was awarded the prestigious Daniel Guggenheim Medal for his pioneering work in aviation with his brother Wilbur. The medal was established by the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics to recognize individuals who had made significant contributions to the advancement of aviation. Orville and Wilbur Wright are widely credited with inventing the first successful airplane, and Orville's receipt of the Daniel Guggenheim Medal was a fitting recognition of their achievements.

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8. The Wright Brothers: Pioneers in Aviation Safety

In 1913, a total of 11 Army soldiers tragically lost their lives in crashes involving Wright airplanes. Orville Wright, one of the inventors of the plane, was quick to point out that the fault lay with the pilots, not the plane itself. He argued that the plane was designed to be safe and reliable, and that the crashes were due to the pilots' lack of experience and training.

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9. The Wright brothers create the Vin Fiz plane

The Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, created a plane called the Wright Model EX, which was named after the popular soft drink of the time, "Vin Fiz". This plane was the first to fly across the United States, and was piloted by Calbraith Perry Rodgers in 1911. The Wright Model EX was a single-seat, biplane powered by a four-cylinder, water-cooled engine, and was the first aircraft to be sponsored by a commercial product. The plane was painted with the Vin Fiz logo, and the flight was a success, taking a total of 82 days to complete.

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10. The Mystery of the Wright Brothers' First Flight

The first flight attempt of Wilbur and Orville Wright was shrouded in mystery and speculation. Many believed that the brothers had purposely failed the attempt in order to avoid the attention of the press. This was due to the fact that the Wright brothers were notoriously private and did not want to be thrust into the public spotlight. Despite this, the brothers eventually succeeded in their flight attempt and went on to become pioneers in the field of aviation.

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Two of the first people to invent a successful aircraft model.