Thursday, December 17, 2009

106th anniversary of first flight

Guess what today is?

On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright brothers made the first successful controlled powered flight. Unlike countless attempts over thousands of years, the scene over the sand dunes of Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, N.C., was more a product of science than art. Until that date -- 106 years ago today -- such flight was largely a product of the imagination or of daring pilots lacking knowledge and much, if any of an extensive future.In 1889, they published a four page weekly newspaper, the West Side News. They built their own printing press. Wilbur acted as editor of the paper. It was fairly successful, but after a year they became interested in other work. Orville became interested in bicycling and won prizes in amateur meets. With inventive genius to improve Orville's bicycle for meets, the brothers opened a bicycle repair and sales shop in Dayton in 1892.

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