Wilbur Wright, Born in 1867 - Died in 1912
Orville Wright, Born in 1871 - Died in 1948

First flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903

People had dreamed of flying for many years. The United States Army was trying to develop an airplane in 1903, but the plane wouldn't fly. The New York Times wrote that maybe in
1 million to 10 million years
they might be able to make a plane that would fly.

Only eight days later two men were successful in flying the first manned plane. They were Wilbur Wright and his younger brother, Orville. They had made a propeller-driven * airplane and it had stayed in the air for 12 seconds! It was called the Wright Flyer. They made three more flights that day at
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Only five people were there to see the flights, and very few newspapers even wrote a story about it.

The first plane they had built was a glider that measured 16 feet from wing tip to wing tip. It cost them $15 to build it. The gasoline-powered plane they flew at Kitty Hawk cost them less than $1000 to build.

They learned to love to "tinker" * from their mother. She was always fixing and repairing things. The boys earned money by making home-made mechanical toys. When bicycles became popular, they opened a bicycle shop.

Wilbur and Orville Wright

They studied birds and how they flew. They contacted other people who were trying to fly. They made a wind tunnel at their shop to test different kinds of wings.

They continued to improve their planes, and five years later Orville remained in the air for one hour and two minutes. A few days later he had an accident in his plane. He had several broken bones and his passenger died. This was the most serious accident they ever had.

After Wilbur died of typhoid fever * in 1912, Orville continued to work alone. He sold his interest in the Wright Company and retired three years later.

The original * plane that flew at Kitty Hawk was placed in a Science Museum in London in 1928. Twenty years later, the museum sent the plane back to the United States. It can now be seen at the National Air Museum in Washington, D.C.

This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2001.

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From Word Central's Student Dictionary
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(Pronunciation note: the schwa sound is shown by ə)

Pronunciation: prə-'pel-ər
Function: noun
: a device consisting of a hub fitted with blades
that is made to turn rapidly by an engine
and is used especially for propelling airplanes and ships

typhoid fever
Function: noun
: a disease that is caused by a bacteria, is characterized
especially by fever, diarrhea, weakness, headache,
and an inflamed intestine, and is passed
from one person to another in dirty food or water

Function: adjective
relating to or being the origin or beginning : FIRST, EARLIEST

Function: verb
.... to repair or adjust something in an unskilled or experimental manner

13347X: To Fly: Story of the Wright Brothers To Fly: Story of the Wright Brothers
By Wendie Old / Houghton-mifflin

Orville and Wilbur Wright were a fascinating pair. Not only did they invent, build, and fly the first airplane, they were also idiosyncratic individuals who had a unique relationship, sharing a home, a bank account, and a business throughout their lives. Their story is portrayed here in brief, accessible chapters, beginning with their childhood fascination with flight and love of problem solving, then detailing their early experiments and dangerous trial runs in North Carolina, and ending with their successful flights of 1903. This well-researched and personable biography is illustrated with elegant watercolors by flight enthusiast and noted artist Robert Andrew Parker, and will be published just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers's first flight. Timeline, endnotes, bibliography. Ages 7-11.

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With literature as a basis, this innovative program uses an integrated approach as it takes your students through all the activities needed to learn reading, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, writing, research, study skills, and more. Just turn to Lesson 1 and begin teaching. The authors have done the work for you in an easy-to-follow format with little or no preparation.

Features you will find in this book:

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  • Creating Books allows your students to make their own books with simple, clear instructions for story writing and book binding.
  • Teacher-friendly assessments provide everything you need to evaluate students for a letter grade. Also great for determining the areas of growth needed for each individual student.
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066909: Wright Brothers Biography FunBook Wright Brothers Biography FunBook
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