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Miracle at Kitty Hawk: The Letters of Wilbur and Orville Wright

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With little formal education and even fewer business skills, Wilbur and Orville Wright solved the scientific mystery that defeated the greatest minds of their day. This collection of six hundred letters between the two brothers traces the genesis of their flying machine, from their initial frustration to their bursts of discovery and the thrill of ultimate success. Witness the resourcefulness, good humor, and sheer pluck of America's most famous brothers.

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Overview

With little formal education and even fewer business skills, Wilbur and Orville Wright solved the scientific mystery that defeated the greatest minds of their day. This collection of six hundred letters between the two brothers traces the genesis of their flying machine, from their initial frustration to their bursts of discovery and the thrill of ultimate success. Witness the resourcefulness, good humor, and sheer pluck of America's most famous brothers.

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Library Journal
This volume of correspondence among the Wright brothers, family members, and others is also a chronicle of their building of the first successful airplanes and their historic early flights.
Booknews
An excellent compilation of photographs and text capturing various types of wolves living in national parks and documenting their life cycles. This new revised edition explores the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, discussing possible wolf restoration in the Northeast and Southwest. Two introductions by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Jay D. Hair, President of the National Wildlife Federation, attest to the significance of this excellent resource volume. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306812033
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/14/2002
  • Edition description: Second Da Capo Press Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Fred C. Kelly was a friend of Orville Wright and the authorized biographer of the Wright Brothers. He was also a FBI agent, a newspaper columnist, and author of over a dozen books.

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Table of Contents

1. Boyhood 1
2. From Bicycle Shop to Kitty Hawk 13
3. Secrets from a Wind Tunnel 49
4. Power Flight 101
5. What Next with a Flying Machine 125
6. A Miracle Hard to Believe 157
7. Two Yankees and Europe 201
8. World Recognition 253
9. The Cost of Pre-eminence 357
10. Elder Statesman of Aviation 393
11. Back from Exile 467
Index 471
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