Wright Flyer Homepage

Project created by Samantha Warring

“’The Desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.'”1

Aeronautics is a field that mystified inventors and scientists for centuries. The first real passenger flight did not occur until the late eighteenth century. However, it would be years before the first independently powered flight occurred. On December 17, 1903 Orville Wright flew the Kitty Hawk Flyer for twelve seconds in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers did not invent the airplane, but they made powered flight possible. This project will examine the invention of the Wright Flyer, its antecedents, selection, and impact on American society and culture in order to prove that the Wright brothers’ contribution permanently changed aeronautics.

Background

Antecedents

Invention

Selection

Impact

Modern Aeronautics

Works Cited

Key Image:

1903 Wright Flyer First Flight, Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. “1903 Wright Flyer First Flight, Kitty Hawk, N.C.” National Air and Space Museum Online Exhibition. http://www.nasm.si.edu/imageDetail.cfm?imageID=102 (accessed March 9, 2011).

I pledge my word of honor that I have not given nor received unauthorized help on this work. ~Samantha Warring

  1. Walt Burton and Owen Findsen, The Wright Brothers Legacy: Orville and Wilbur Wright and their Aeroplanes (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003), 19.

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