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December 17 is the anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight
http://vaviper.blogspot.com ^ | 12/17/2017 | Va Viper

Posted on 12/17/2017 8:45:42 AM PST by harpygoddess

Today is the anniversary of mankind's first powered flight, achieved at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on 17 December 1903 by pioneer American aviators Wilbur and Orville Wright (1867-1912 and 1871-1948, respectively). The Wrights - Dayton, Ohio bicycle mechanics - become interested in aviation as an avocation and embarked on a systematic experimental program that eventually led to their extraordinary success - of which movable wing parts and a lightweight engine were the key elements.

Prior To the powered flight, the brothers completed over one thousand glides from atop Big Kill Devil Hill. These flying skills were a crucial component of their invention. Through those experiments, they had solved the problem of sustained lift and more importantly they could control an aircraft while in flight. The brothers felt they were ready to truly fly. But first, the Wrights had to power their aircraft.

Gasoline engine technology had recently advanced to where its use in airplanes was feasible. Unable to find a suitable lightweight commercial engine, the brothers designed their own. Using their air tunnel data, they designed the first efficient airplane propeller, one of their most original and purely scientific achievements.

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Per aspera ad astra.

(Through adversity to the stars.)

1 posted on 12/17/2017 8:45:42 AM PST by harpygoddess
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To: harpygoddess

One of the most impressive statistics I have read is the their entire first flight - distance and height - could take place WITHIN the external tank of the space shuttle.


2 posted on 12/17/2017 8:56:24 AM PST by impactplayer
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To: harpygoddess

We stand on the shoulders of giants!


3 posted on 12/17/2017 9:00:15 AM PST by Redleg Duke (Build Kate’s Wall! Never Forget!)
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To: harpygoddess

The TSA pat-down took longer than the flight.


4 posted on 12/17/2017 9:07:27 AM PST by Larry Lucido (Take Covfefe Ree Zig!)
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To: harpygoddess

I was less impressed by Sam Beckett in Space, than with Enterprise’s opening credits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55LC7H8aT6M


5 posted on 12/17/2017 9:23:18 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: harpygoddess

6 posted on 12/17/2017 9:26:29 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: harpygoddess

Gustave Whitehead continues to get no respect!


7 posted on 12/17/2017 9:28:59 AM PST by Buttons12
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; pax_et_bonum; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks harpygoddess. Although it was done with cheekiness that I don't care for, the John Glenn character in "The Right Stuff" had that great whole-cloth quote about the Wrights that I love.

8 posted on 12/17/2017 9:57:51 AM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

I make my own fun.

First Flight in America, 1757 [September 13th 1757]
CelebrateBoston.com | prior to 2013 | unattributed
Posted on 06/07/2013 6:38:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3028784/posts


9 posted on 12/17/2017 10:00:40 AM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: harpygoddess

They did their research without a government grant. Samuel Langley who had government backing failed. A lesson for now.


10 posted on 12/17/2017 10:04:18 AM PST by vaskypilot
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To: harpygoddess

Yesterday, December 16th was the 244th anniversary of The Boston Tea Party (1773).


11 posted on 12/17/2017 10:16:10 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: harpygoddess

The summer we visited the site (again). Yes, the first flight was really short. The 4th was substantively long. Have to wonder if part of the issue of season was just freaking out over being airborne at all.
Next day we saw the plane itself. There’s a small sign saying “yes, this is the actual original Wright Bros plane”.


12 posted on 12/17/2017 10:30:58 AM PST by ctdonath2 (It's not "white privilege", it's "Puritan work ethic". Behavior begets consequences.)
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To: harpygoddess

While many inventions are really evolutionary, small improvements on what had been done before, the Wrights were true inventors.

Almost every prior attempt at flight was guessing and trial and error, hoping to stumble on a solution. The Wrights’ research discovered that almost everything done before had to be thrown out. So they studied the concept of lift, not only for the flight of the plane, but for the application to propellers to generate thrust (forward lift).

But most importantly, they were the first to understand the need for and solution of three axis control. Anybody could make a paper airplane that “flies”. The secret was to design one that flies where you want it to.

The Wrights’ airplane patent was about a device that could develop lift and have three axis control. The original patent did not even provide for an engine. That came later.

And don’t forget - the Wrights had to teach themselves to fly - there were no instructor pilots in 1903.


13 posted on 12/17/2017 10:48:43 AM PST by oldbill
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Smithsonian Snubs Wright Brothers
by J. Wagner

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Wright Flyer
When you visit the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian you see this famous Wright Flyer which made man's first successful flight December 17, 1903. What Smithsonian officials do NOT tell you is that they snubbed the Wright brothers for 45 years, refusing to acknowledge their great accomplishment and install this famous plane in the museum. They did this because their own head of the Smithsonian, Samuel P. Langley, built an airplane shortly before the Wright brothers...but it could NOT fly! Forty-five years is a long time for the Smithsonian to deny the truth. Wilbur died Spring 1912, weakened by his nine-year dispute with the Smithsonian. Orville finally gave up the fight in 1928 and sent his famous plane to the Museum of London as a gesture of contempt for the Smithsonian. American public pressure increased in the years that followed. Many people wondered why our famous Wright Flyer was in London instead of here in America. Orville died January 1948. Later that year the Smithsonian finally agreed to bring the plane back from London to be formally installed December 17, 1948. Unfortunately, neither of the Wright brothers lived long enough to know that their own country officially acknowledged their great accomplishment.

14 posted on 12/17/2017 10:59:38 AM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: impactplayer

They had to take the beginning step. They did not stop and go home, they were staying aloft for quite some time before the day was over.


15 posted on 12/17/2017 11:45:31 AM PST by odawg
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To: SunkenCiv

The tale of Langley and the Wright Brothers is good to remember with these modern entrepreneurs wanting government backing.


16 posted on 12/17/2017 12:18:45 PM PST by vaskypilot
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To: odawg

That is true - and one of the brothers (I forget which one) lived to see men put into space - what a lifetime of adventure!


17 posted on 12/17/2017 12:24:58 PM PST by impactplayer
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“one of the brothers (I forget which one) lived to see men put into space - “

Not really.
Orville died in 1948.


18 posted on 12/17/2017 1:08:06 PM PST by oldbill
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To: harpygoddess
Orville Wright was one of the founding members of the Engineers Club of Dayton. One room in the Club is named The Wright Room, and there is a plaque in the dining room marking the table where he ate lunch regularly.

One of my boys is an engineer at NASA Goddard. One day we ate lunch at the Club, at Orville's table. I told him he could go back to Goddard and tell people he ate at Orville Wright's table.

19 posted on 12/17/2017 1:51:43 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (,)
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To: JoeFromSidney

What a great story!


20 posted on 12/17/2017 2:27:01 PM PST by vaskypilot
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