The Wright Brothers: A Biography

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Dover Publications, 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 withsixteen 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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About the author (1989)

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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