Ten fun facts about Wilbur and Orville Wright


Fact 1
The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur were the first to invent controls for an aircraft that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. They were not the first to build and fly an aircraft.

Fact 2
Their skills were earned during their work in their printing presses, bicycles and other machinery shop.

Fact 3
The Wright Brothers had a set of twin siblings who were born in 1870 and died when they were babies.


Fact 4
Wilbur was hit with a hockey stick in the mid 1880's and lost his front teeth.

Fact 5
Neither of the Wright brothers earned their high school diplomas.

Fact 6
Wilbur died after eating bad shellfish in 1912. He ended up with typhoid fever, which ultimately lead to his death at age 45.

Fact 7
Orville received the first Daniel Guggenheim Medal in 1928.

Fact 8
In 1913, a total of 11 Army soldiers had died from crashes in Wright airplanes. Orville said it was the pilot's fault, not the plane.

Fact 9
One of the Wright planes called the Wright Model EX was named "Vin Fiz" after the soft drink.

Fact 10
There was speculation they may have purposely failed their first flight attempt to get out of reporter's interest.


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