The Wright Brothers: A Biography

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Courier Corporation, Jul 1, 1989 - Antiques & Collectibles - 340 pages
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In this fascinating, highly readable biography, Fred C. Kelly, a former newspaperman, author, and an old friend of the Wrights, tells the story of the two brilliant, dedicated, flight-obsessed bicycle mechanics from Ohio who first realized mankind's age-old dream of conquering the skies. Long considered the definitive Wright biography (the manuscript was read and approved by Orville Wright), this book recounts the Wrights' small-town boyhood, their early interest in all things mechanical, the establishment of the Wright Cycle Shop, and the complete behind-the-scenes story of how they designed, built, tested, and flew (December 1903) the first "Flyer."
Enhanced with sixteen rare photographs, Mr. Kelly's engaging account avoids minute technical description, yet describes simply and clearly the technological innovations that enabled the two brothers to succeed where so many others had failed. Anyone interested in the mechanics of flight or early aviation will find this volume a splendid introduction to the Wright brothers and their epochal achievement.
 

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On December 17, 1903, and a fragile little plane which they had built at home for less than $1000, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first powered flight in the history of mankind––and opened the air ... Read full review

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David McCullough's book, "The Wright Brothers" is very well written - but it seems to me Fred C. Kelly beat him to the punch when he wrote "The Wright Brothers: a Biography" in 1989. Mr. McCullough, who I have great respect for in his works, pretty much much copied Mr. Kelly's book, in my opinion. I have much more to add, but I don't have the time to write more now. If anybody's interested, I will make the time. John LeDuc, 344 Monterey Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88005  

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Contents

Prologue
3
BOYHOOD
5
BACKGROUND
19
PRINTINGAND BICYCLES
29
FIRST THOUGHTS OF FLIGHT
154
GLIDING AT KITTY HAWK
139
FIRST POWER FLIGHT
115
AFTER THE EVENT
87
EUROPE DISCOVERS THE WRIGHTS
166
THE WRIGHTS IN EUROPE
194
A DEAL WITH THE U S
207
END OF DISBELIEF
226
WHEN WILBUR WRIGHT WON FRANCE
233
FURTHER ADVENTURES IN 1909
254
IN AVIATION BUSINESS
268
PATENT SUITS
287

EXPERIMENTS OF 190405
79
IT STILL WASNT NEWS
60
US ARMY NOT INTERESTED
48
WHY THE WRIGHT PLANE WAS EXILED
300
Index
335
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Kelly, a friend of Orville Wright and authorized biographer of the Wright brothers, was also an FBI agent, a newspaper columnist, and author of over a dozen books.

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