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The Wright Brothers: Powered Their Way to Posterity
     

The Wright Brothers: Powered Their Way to Posterity

by Daniel Alef
 
Controversy about man's first flight has swirled around the facts like a dust devil. Was Orville and Wilbur Wright's flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903 the first manned flight of a heavier-than-air powered plane? Until 1942, the Smithsonian Institute denied it, claiming that Samuel Langley was the first -- the same Langley who was the Smithsonian's secretary at the time.

Overview

Controversy about man's first flight has swirled around the facts like a dust devil. Was Orville and Wilbur Wright's flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903 the first manned flight of a heavier-than-air powered plane? Until 1942, the Smithsonian Institute denied it, claiming that Samuel Langley was the first -- the same Langley who was the Smithsonian's secretary at the time. The title may have actually belonged to Gustav Weisskopf, a Bavarian immigrant who flew his powered airplane 800 meters (2,624 feet) in 1901. Although witnessed by reporters for several newspapers, including the New York Herald, it was not well-documented. Given the Smithsonian's support of Langley, with the Wright brothers as deuteragonists, historians have largely ignored Weisskopf's accomplishment. Today Orville and Wilbur Wright are generally credited with the first manned flight. Award-winning author and syndicated columnist Daniel Alef, who has written more than 300 biographical profiles of America's greatest tycoons, brings out the story of the Wright brothers and their remarkable achievements. [1,473-word Titans of Fortune article]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608042906
Publisher:
Titans of Fortune Publishing
Publication date:
01/14/2009
Series:
Titans of Fortune
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
503,250
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
15 Years

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