Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The Wright Brothers


Wilbur was born on April 16,1867 and Orville was born on August 19,1871. They are famous for debatably building the first motorised plane.   

The family consisted of a girl and 3 boys. Their father was a Priest and their mother, Susan, was a housewife. Their mum  died in 1889 leaving tragedy for the whole family, when Wilbur was 22 years-old and Orville was 18.

Wilbur and Orville worked at a bicycle shop named the Wright cycle company. After a few years they sold the company and started a printing factory where they learned about motors.

They designed their first plane with the money from the bicycle shop they called the Wright flyer after experimenting with gliders first. The first flight went for 59 seconds at kitty hawk in 1903. In 1905 Wilbur flew for 39 km in flyer 3.

Wilbur died in 1912 after he fell ill on a trip to Boston at the age of 47. After few years Orville suffered his second heart attack in four months on January 1948 at the age of 76. So that was the end of the famous inventors we know as the Wright brothers

By Todd Mitchell 

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