Two Dreamers Essay

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Would you ever travel overseas if you had to take a boat trip for 30 days or maybe even longer crowded with limited supplies and only moving as fast as the wind could take you? Personally I would not take that much trouble to visit Europe. The Wright brothers are two visionaries that designed and built the world’s first airplane. The brothers owned a dainty bicycle repair shop in Ohio and spent any of their extra time on designing their version of a airplane. In December 17, 1902 in Kitty Hawk the brothers made history by making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. If you were born before the airplane and someone told you that they could make a machine ...view middle of the document...

They also designed and carved their own wooden propellers for the planes, and had a purpose-built gasoline engine fabricated in their bicycle shop. The engine block was cast from aluminum, which was odd because the process to make aluminum was so strenuous made aluminum a rare product during the time period. The Wright/Taylor engine was a primitive version of the modern fuel-injection systems in today’s engines, having no carburetor or fuel pump like the modern engine. Gasoline was gravity-fed into the crankcase through a tube from the fuel tank mounted on a wooden wing strut. Other places around the world such as Europe didn’t believe that the Wright Brothers had made a flying machine; European countries started an “anti-Wright brother’s stance”. European newspapers, especially in France, were openly derisive, calling them “bluffeurs” (French for bluffers). Personally I just think they were jealous of us Americans and just wanted to be on our level of awesomeness but we all know that will never happen.
To expand your knowledge on the two brothers how about we start with Orville, Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871 in the great place we call Dayton, Ohio and he died January 30, 1948 in that same great place Dayton, Ohio. However Wilbur Wright was not born in Dayton like his brother Orville he was born on April 16, 1867 in somewhere called Millville, Indiana and died May 30, 1912 in Dayton, Ohio. Their personalities were perfectly complementary I guess you can say they were born to be best friends one brother had what the other lacked so speaking. Orville was loaded with ideas and enthusiasm. Wilbur was quite a bit steadier in his habits, a more mature person overall, and more likely to finish a project. In 1892 they opened the Wright Cycle Shop in Dayton which helped them with creating the first plane they started with bicycles and ground transportation than stepped it up a little by taking the game to the sky so to speak. The brothers began by mastering all the information on the subject of flying, designed and tested their own models and gliders, the two built their own engine with some help, and, when the experimental data that had already been available appeared to be wrong, they would conduct new and more experiments to get the correct answer . The Wrights decided that earlier attempts at flight were not successful because the plans for early airplanes required pilots to shift their bodies to control the plane which isn’t very affective if you could imagine. The brothers decided that it would be better to control a plane by moving its wings which is what we now use today because simply it works. The first successful flights of the Wright brothers were in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
If we are talking about Kitty Hawk let me give you some more information. The brothers set up camp in Kitty Hawk in 1900. I believe that if Dayton wasn’t too windy that’s where the first flight would be but you get to much unpredictable winds inland but...

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