Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

by Larry E. Tise
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Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk by Larry E. Tise

Despite their great achievements following their first powered flights in 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright still enjoyed virtual anonymity until 1908. In seven crucial days in May of that year, however, the eyes of the world were suddenly cast upon them as they sought lucrative government contracts for their flying technology and then had to prove the capabilities of their machines. In these pivotal moments, the brothers were catapulted into unwanted worldwide fame as the international press discovered and followed their covert flight tests, and reported their every move using rudimentary telegraphs and early forms of photography.

From the brothers' rise to fame on the historic Outer Banks, to the quickly expanding role of the world press and the flights' repercussions in war and military technology, Tise weaves a fascinating tale of a key turning point in the history of flight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230100602
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. Larry E. Tise is an author and historian. Due to his unique research on the lives of the Wright brothers, he was appointed Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University in 2000, a post he continues to hold. He is the author of more than 50 articles and books and the founder of World Aloft, an extensive website dedicated to the Wright Brothers. He lives in Philadelphia.


Dr. Larry E. Tise is an author and historian. Due to his unique research on the lives of the Wright brothers, he was appointed Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University in 2000, a post he continues to hold.  He is the author of more than 50 articles and books, including Conquering the Sky, and the founder of World Aloft, an extensive website dedicated to the Wright Brothers. He lives in Philadelphia.

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