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Aeronautical Pioneers: The Story Of Orville And Wilbur Wright

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Imagine life without airplanes. Imagine a life without the security they gives us from conflicts and wars, without the ability to send packages and mail swiftly across long distances, or without the ability to travel anywhere in the world in a relatively short amount of time. Luckily we don’t have to worry about any of these things most of the time, all thanks to the “pioneers of modern aviation,” Orville and Wilbur Wright (“Orville Wright” 2). Through their successful invention and flight of the first powered aircraft, we can live better lives than what was before ever possible. Therefore, I feel it is only common sense for them to be inducted into the History Hall of Fame. To further uphold the previous statement on this matter, I will tell of their life story, what ideals, principles, and motivations inspired these aeronautical intellects to build and fly the first powered aircraft, and of the legacy they have left upon us today, including the challenges they faced and their great accomplishments.

The Wright brothers led lives of two truly great American businessman and partners, fulfilling the American dream to its greatest extent. These two brothers, Orville, born in Dayton, Ohio, on August 19 in the year 1871 (“Orville Wright” 1), and Wilbur Wright, born in Melville, Indiana, on April 16 in the year 1867 (“Wilbur Wright” 1), were two of five children (“Orville Wright” 1). The brothers were born to Milton Wright, a bishop of the Christian denomination United Brethren in Christ, and Susan Catherine Koerner (“Wilbur Wright” 1), and of course had three siblings, who were Lorin, Reuchlin, and Katherine Wright, not including two children of the Wrights who died very young (“The Wright Family”). Orville wasn’t much of a student in his life, focusing mainly on outside and extracurricular activities, and even dropping out of Dayton Central High School as a senior (“Orville Wright” 1). Wilbur, on the other hand, was quite the student and did exceedingly well in school, and planned to go to Yale University as a result. Unfortunately, after a hockey accident, he became depressed and joined his brother in the fact that they didn’t receive their high school diplomas (“Wilbur Wright” 1). Later in life before famously developing the powered aircraft, they both went on to collaborate in owning two different newspapers, both of which failed (“The Wright Family”), and even later in 1892, they again, while both having an extraordinary passion for fixing and selling...

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