In the late 19th century, transportation took enormous time and effort, and it was often dangerous. With this being said, it was time for someone to shine. The creative minds in world began to come out, and, finally, the world met a breakthrough. In Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, an alarming invention would change the way humans transport forever. In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright had succeeded in a lifelong adventure of creating a flying machine.
The Wright brothers grew up in West Dayton, Ohio, and ever since they were children they were destined for greatness. Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867, in Millville, Indiana, and Orville was born four years later in Dayton, Ohio, on August 19 (Kelly 5). The brothers’ parents were Milton and Susan Wright, and their siblings consisted of two older brothers and one younger sister (Weir 5). Almost as instantly as they were conscious of having their own interests, Wilbur and Orville were extremely intrigued in mechanics (Kelly 5). In fact, one of Orville’s most clear memories from his childhood was his fifth birthday where he received a gyroscopic top that could maintain its balance while at the same time spinning on the edge of a knife blade (Kelly 5). On top of this, one day when Mr. Wright returned home from a short church business trip (Mr. Wright was a Bishop), he had brought back toy helicopters, made from a Frenchman named Alphonse Pénaud, that were constructed from cork, bamboo, thin paper, and twisted rubber bands, of which the boys wildly admired (Kelly 8). Later on when the boys were older they both dropped out of high school, Orville because he wanted to start up his own printing business, and Wilbur—though dreaming of going to Yale—because of an injury to his face (Szalanski 1).
Wilbur eventually went and worked in his brother’s workshop, but sooner than later, they both had new dreams in mind (Szalanski 1). When writing to the Smithsonian Institution in search for information on aeronautics in 1899, Wilbur wrote, “I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then if possible add my mite to help on the future workers who will attain final success. I do not know the terms on which you send out your publications but if you will inform me of the cost I will remit the price” (Szalanski 1). In addition, around the time when the two were beginning to get more details on creating a flying-machine, Orville said: “Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician. After you once know the trick and know what to look for you see things that you did not notice when you did not know exactly what to look for" (Szalanski 1). In as little as a few months the two brothers had begun their journey that would eventually change the way humans transport forever.
Before they could take flight, Orville and Wilbur had to take the first step in any new...