Planes and Prosperity

Planes and Prosperity
By Houston
17 July 2018

The perseverance of the Wright brothers forever altered the landscape of our country’s prosperity and communications. Orville and Wilbur Wright were famous for building and flying the first airplane.

Still in their 20s, they began to rent and sell bikes. Soon, they even manufactured them. In 1900 and 1901, these inventors experimented with gliders, but their prototypes failed.

Having found the perfect wing shape for the glider, they took it to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to test it. The dunes surrounded the enormous field of sand. Salt lingered in the air as did excitement.

Amazingly, the wind swept in from the nearby ocean, carrying the craft through the blue sky. Orville went 120 feet on the first flight, and Wilbur made the longest flight, going 852 feet. In 1903, the brave brothers audaciously added a motor to the craft, which they named “The Wright Flyer I.”

The diligently determined duo continued to improve their invention, and by 1915, the plane could fly 24 miles. Although the creative entrepreneurs’ invention unwittingly fostered the development of globalization, airplanes have resulted in positive ways for today’s world, as well.

2 thoughts on “Planes and Prosperity

  1. Houston, your article is not only full of interesting facts but fun to read. There are many journalist today that would love to write as well as you. Funny, though, a large number of them think the DO write this well. They don’t realize the competition lurking in NC. Papa really enjoyed this, too. He said to tell you”great job”.
    Keep up the good work!!!
    Love, Grams and Papa

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