The Wright Brothers for Kids

How They Invented the Airplane, 21 Activities Exploring the Science and History of Flight

Author: Mary Kay Carson

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613743157

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

View: 9237

This activity book tells the amazing true story of how two bicycle-making brothers from Ohio, with no more than high-school educations, accomplished a feat that forever changed the world. At a time when most people still hadn’t ridden in an automobile, Wilbur and Orville Wright built the first powered, heavier-than-air flying machine. Woven throughout the heartwarming story of the two brothers are activities that highlight their ingenuity and problem-solving abilities as they overcame many obstacles to achieve controlled flight. The four forces of flight—lift, thrust, gravity, and drag—and how the Wright brothers mastered them are explained in clear, simple text. Activities include making a Chinese flying top, building a kite, bird watching, and designing a paper glider, and culminate with an activity in which readers build a rubber-band-powered flyer. Included are photographs just released from the Wright brothers’ personal collection, along with diagrams and illustrations. The history of human flight and its pioneers, a time line, and a complete resource section for students are also provided.

How We Invented the Airplane

An Illustrated History

Author: Orville Wright

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486135691

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 96

View: 3602

This fascinating firsthand account covers the Wright Brothers' early experiments, construction of planes and motors, first flights, and much more. Introduction and commentary by Fred C. Kelly. 76 photographs.

To Fly

The Story of the Wright Brothers

Author: Wendie C. Old,Robert Andrew Parker

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618133475

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 8840

Beginning with Orville and Wilbur's childhood fascination with flight, brief, accessible chapters trace the work that the two Wright brothers did together to develop the first machine-powered aircraft.

On Great White Wings

The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight

Author: Fred E. C. Culick,Spencer Dunmore

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 0786866861

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 8655

Released on the eve of the hundredth anniversary of Kitty Hawk, this lively account of the historic Wright Brothers flight chronicles the race to the first to achieve powered flight. 75,000 first printing.

Visions of a Flying Machine

The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention

Author: Peter L. Jakab

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 158834438X

Category: History

Page: 282

View: 9969

This acclaimed book on the Wright Brothers takes the reader straight to the heart of their remarkable achievement, focusing on the technology and offering a clear, concise chronicle of precisely what they accomplished and how they did it. This book deals with the process of the invention of the airplane and how the brothers identified and resolved a range of technical puzzles that others had attempted to solve for a century. Step by step, the book details the path of invention (including the important wind tunnel experiments of 1901) which culminated in the momentous flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903, the first major milestone in aviation history. Enhanced by original photos, designs, drawings, notebooks, letters and diaries of the Wright Brothers, Visions of a Flying Machine is a fascinating book that will be of interest to engineers, historians, enthusiasts, or anyone interested in the process of invention.

The Wright Brothers

Author: Russell Freedman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt School

ISBN: 9780153052309

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 129

View: 371

Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.

How the Wright Brothers Got it Right

Engineering & Invention of the Airplane

Author: Jack L. Shagena

Publisher: Jack L Shagena Jr

ISBN: 9780977686650

Category: History

Page: 102

View: 501

Understanding How the Airplane Was Invented The Wright brothers achieved their earth-shattering first flight more than one hundred years ago and the story of their lives and airplane has been recounted in dozens of newspapers, magazine articles, and books. None, however, has explained to non-technical readers how they accomplished their epic invention that forever changed the world around us.Their success came about through a careful mix of focused vision, steadfast determination, careful testing, keen observation, astute interpretation, and engineering practical solutions to previously unknown technical problems. They were hard workers, putting in long days and applying themselves diligently to the complex task every day except for Sundays, respecting their father, who was a bishop.The Wrights were fortunate to sustain a sometimes rocky relationship with the acknowledged dean of aviation, Augustus Chanute. He provided the brothers practical advice, loaned them test equipment, and directed the industrious inventors to printed matter that was relevant to aeronautics. Most significantly, however, he was an important sounding board for Wilbur Wright to report successes, failures and frustrations, and in turn, Chanute provided a sympathetic ear and occasionally constructive feedback.Therefore, in Wilburs letters to Chanute, the Wrights diaries and family correspondence, and their many notes and sketches, the story of how they invented the airplane was preserved, only waiting to be told. Author Jack Shagena drew on his engineering background, experience with technical publications, and passion for history to convincingly weave together their account in an easy-to-understand book. Through the use of many illustrations and practical examples, the story of the Wrights invention comes alive.

Inventing Flight

The Wright Brothers & Their Predecessors

Author: John David Anderson

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801868757

Category: Science

Page: 176

View: 2072

The invention of flight craft heavier than air counts among humankind's defining achievements. In this book, aviation engineer and historian John D. Anderson, Jr., offers a concise and engaging account of the technical developments that anticipated the Wright brothers' successful first flight on December 17, 1903. While the accomplishments of the Wrights have become legendary, we do well to remember that they inherited a body of aerodynamics knowledge and flying machine technology. How much did they draw upon this legacy? Did it prove useful or lead to dead ends? Leonardo da Vinci first began to grasp the concepts of lift and drag which would be essential to the invention of powered flight. He describes the many failed efforts of the so-called tower jumpers, from Benedictine monk Oliver of Malmesbury in 1022 to the eighteenth-century Marquis de Bacqueville. He tells the fascinating story of aviation pioneers such as Sir George Cayley, who in a stroke of genius first proposed the modern design of a fixed-wing craft with a fuselage and horizontal and vertical tail surfaces in 1799, and William Samuel Henson, a lace-making engineer whose ambitious aerial steam carriage was patented in 1842 but never built. Anderson describes the groundbreaking nineteenth-century laboratory experiments in fluid dynamics, the building of the world's first wind tunnel in 1870, and the key contributions of various scientists and inventors in such areas as propulsion (propellers, not flapping wings) and wing design (curved, not flat). He also explains the crucial contributions to the science of aerodynamics by the German engineer Otto Lilienthal, later praised by the Wrights as their most im Kitty Hawk as they raced to become the first in flight, Anderson shows how the brothers succeeded where others failed by taking the best of early technology and building upon it using a carefully planned, step-by-step experimental approach. (They recognized, for example, that it was necessary to become a skilled glider pilot before attempting powered flight.) With vintage photographs and informative diagrams to enhance the text, Inventing Flight will interest anyone who has ever wondered what lies behind the miracle of flight. undergraduates, that would tell the connected prehistory of the airplane from Cayley to the Wrights. In light of the recognized excellence of his technical textbooks (with their stimulating historical vignettes), I can't think of a better person than Professor Anderson for the job. He has the rare combination of technical and historical knowledge that is essential for the necessary balance. Inventing Flight will be a welcome addition to undergraduate classrooms.--Walter G. Vincenti, Stanford University

The Wright Brothers

Author: Elizabeth MacLeod,Andrej Krystoforski

Publisher: Kids Can Press Ltd

ISBN: 1554530539

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 5583


Wright Brothers

Author: Mary Tucker

Publisher: Lorenz Educational Press

ISBN: 1573103535

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 3245

Creative activities, games, action rhymes, songs, a skit and more involve students in discovering for themselves how the Wright Brothers dreamed of man in flight and worked diligently to bring their dreams to life

Der Vogelflug ALS Grundlage Der Fliegekunst

Ein Beitrag Zur Systematik Der Flugtechnik

Author: Otto Lilienthal

Publisher: Reprint Publishing

ISBN: 9783959402552


Page: N.A

View: 1057

Vollstandiger, digital restaurierter Reprint (in Handarbeit hergestellte Reproduktion/Faksimile) der Originalausgabe von 1889 mit exzellenter Auflosung und hervorragender Lesbarkeit. Zur besseren Lesbarkeit wurde das Original-Layout um 10 % vergrossert. Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen (1 Titelbild, 8 lithographierten Tafeln (Doppelseiten) und 80 Figuren zum Text)."

Das Leben ist kurz, iss den Nachtisch zuerst

Author: Wendy Mass

Publisher: cbj Verlag

ISBN: 3641036089

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1841

Die Jagd nach dem Sinn des Lebens Jeremy Fink steht vor einem unglaublichen Rätsel: Eine verschlossene Holzkiste, die den Sinn des Lebens verspricht – das ist alles, was sein verstorbener Vater ihm zu seinem 13. Geburtstag hinterlassen hat. Doch die Schlüssel dazu sind spurlos verschwunden! Neugierig machen sich Jeremy und seine beste Freundin Lizzy auf die Suche danach – und geraten in eine abenteuerliche Odyssee quer durch New York, voll skurriler Ereignisse, köstlicher Süßigkeiten, abgegriffener Spielkarten und wundersamer Begegnungen. Doch was sie am Ende ihrer Reise finden, übertrifft alles, was sie jemals zu hoffen gewagt hätten. • Eine moderne Heldengeschichte – spannend, verrückt und anrührend schön • Ein Buch über menschliche Schicksale, das Erwachsenwerden und das, was wirklich zählt im Leben

Wright Brothers, Wrong Story

How Wilbur Wright Solved the Problem of Manned Flight

Author: William Hazelgrove

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1633884589

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

View: 6020

This book is the first deconstruction of the Wright brothers myth. They were not -- as we have all come to believe--two halves of the same apple. Each had a distinctive role in creating the first "flying machine." How could two misanthropic brothers who never left home, were high-school dropouts, and made a living as bicycle mechanics have figured out the secret of manned flight? This new history of the Wright brothers' monumental accomplishment focuses on their early years of trial and error at Kitty Hawk (1900-1903) and Orville Wright's epic fight with the Smithsonian Institute and Glenn Curtis. William Hazelgrove makes a convincing case that it was Wilbur Wright who designed the first successful airplane, not Orville. He shows that, while Orville's role was important, he generally followed his brother's lead and assisted with the mechanical details to make Wilbur's vision a reality. Combing through original archives and family letters, Hazelgrove reveals the differences in the brothers' personalities and abilities. He examines how the Wright brothers myth was born when Wilbur Wright died early and left his brother to write their history with personal friend John Kelly. The author notes the peculiar inwardness of their family life, business and family problems, bouts of depression, serious illnesses, and yet, rising above it all, was Wilbur's obsessive zeal to test out his flying ideas. When he found Kitty Hawk, this desolate location on North Carolina's Outer Banks became his laboratory. By carefully studying bird flight and the Rubik's Cube of control, Wilbur cracked the secret of aerodynamics and achieved liftoff on December 17, 1903. Hazelgrove's richly researched and well-told tale of the Wright brothers' landmark achievement, illustrated with rare historical photos, captures the excitement of the times at the start of the "American century."

The Dawn of Aviation: The Story of the Wright Brothers

Author: Tamra Orr

Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1612288421

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 9883

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly? Have you dreamt of having wings and taking off to soar, glide, and dip with the birds? You are not the only one. Many people have wanted to leave the ground behind and join the clouds and the stars. Two such people were brothers named Orville and Wilbur Wright. These men were alway looking for an idea to explore. Thinking as one, they would put their heads together and figure out how to create something new. They invented a printing press out of scrap. They designed bicycles when they were still a new fad. Finally, they turned their minds towards flight. Through lots of determination and endless experimentation, Orville and Wilbur created The Flyer. For a few glorious seconds, they left gravity behind and took to the skies at Kitty Hawk. It was a moment that changed their lives and the course of the world.

The Birth of Flight

A History of the Wright Brothers

Author: Don Harris

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1610427483

Category: Transportation

Page: N.A

View: 3442

Orville and Wilbur Wright are two Americans credited with designing and constructing the world’s first successful airplane, as well as making the first controlled, motor-powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. While their first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1912 was short (only 12 seconds) their impact on history would be long-lasting. Their breakthrough was not flight itself but control of flight. That control allowed for flight for mankind, and what they received a patent for (three-axis control, or left-right, forward-back and up-down) has become the standard on all fixed-wing aircrafts. Their inquisitive minds led them to build their own wind tunnel, which allowed them to study such sciences as lift and wind currents. Despite their breakthrough, they did not enjoy the revelry that may be expected from their monumental invention. They faced skepticism in Europe, problems with their patent and lawsuits. Their business ventures faced issues, and the friendships that the brothers had forged with others in the industry suffered. Even today, their status as inventors of the airplane has come under scrutiny, being subject to counter-claims by various parties. While questions may persist as to who invented what first, the contribution of the Wright brothers to the field of aviation cannot be understated. It was after their invention (and their various demonstrations of it) that the aviation field truly got off the ground. Author Don Harris, gives the reader a brief introduction to the brothers who gave birth to flight in this eBook.


Author: Jordan Sonnenblick

Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag

ISBN: 3646923768

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 208

View: 9193

San Lee weiß, was es heißt, der Neue in der Klasse zu sein. Schließlich ist er oft genug umgezogen. "Immer mit den Wölfen heulen", hat ihm sein Vater eingebläut, bloß nicht auffallen. Aber welche Identität darf's diesmal sein: Sportskanone? Zu anstrengend. Skater? Dafür ist er nicht cool genug. In einer Geschichtsstunde wird ihm klar: Er wird den Zen-Buddhisten geben. Komischerweise nehmen ihm das alle ab. Aber als das süße Beatles-Mädchen sich für ihn zu interessieren beginnt, wird die Sache kompliziert.

First Flight

The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane

Author: T. A. Heppenheimer

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471401247

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 394

View: 3331

An aviation expert uncovers the brilliance behind the first successful flight of an engine-powered plane In the centennial year of the Wright Brothers' first successful flight, acclaimed aviation writer T. A. Heppenheimer reexamines what Wilbur and Orville Wright achieved. In First Flight, he debunks the popular assumption that the Wrights were simple mechanics who succeeded by trial and error, demonstrating instead that they were true engineering geniuses. Heppenheimer presents the background that made possible the work of the Wrights and examines the work of Samuel P. Langley, a serious rival. He places their work within a broad historical context, emphasizing their contributions after 1903 and their convergence with ongoing aeronautical work in France. T. A. Heppenheimer (Fountain Valley, CA) has written extensively on aerospace, business, and the history of technology. His many books include Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation (0-471-10961-4), Countdown: A History of Space Flight (0-471-14439-8), and A Brief History of Flight: From Balloons to Mach 3 and Beyond (0-471-34637-3), all from Wiley.

Inside the Wright Brothers

Flight Is Possible

Author: John Passfield

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1425957021

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 8210

This novel, Inside the Wright Brothers: Flight is Possible, presents the Wright Brothers as idealists who build a dream out of the nuts and bolts of their everyday reality. There is a hard core of steel in the Wrights that, however compassionate, polite, accommodating and modest they appear to be to other people, is the straight arrow that allows them to see their life's work clearly, to make every decision and action move towards the achievement of their goal, and to seldom make false judgments or false gestures that would cause them to deviate from their true course. The assurance that guides the brothers is that quality in creative people that allows them to work towards their life's goal no matter who or what encourages or discourages them, advances them or retards them, promotes them or disparages them. Familiarity with the Wright Brothers story has made the invention of the world's first airplane seem to have a fairy-tale ambiance which is divorced from the sweat and anxiety of everyday life. This assumption of an effortless invention process is actually a hold-over from the initial response to their accomplishment by the people of the Wright Brothers' own time. While suitably impressed with the achievement of the Wright Brothers, the people of the early 20th Century remained unaware of the complex process that the Wright Brothers had actually gone through in order to produce such amazing results. The lack of appreciation of the complexity of the invention process is a result of the pronouncements of "aviation experts" of the time who failed to appreciate the magnitude of the Wright accomplishment for two reasons: an inability to imagine the number and complexity of the challengesthat the Wrights had found solutions to, and a desire to limit the Wright's legal hold over their inventions in light of what promised to be a great financial future for the new innovation. In effect, while the public of the early 20th Century marveled at the invention of the airplane, and gave full credit to the Wright Brothers, many "aviation experts"assumed that the Wright Brothers' contribution to the invention process had involved nothing more complicated than a little tinkering with the ideas of those who were better qualified - by education and by academic eminence - to invent the airplane. True appreciation of the wonder of the Wright Brothers' contribution to the invention of controlled, human-piloted, powered flight has been reserved for the detailed historical and aeronautical researches and studies of our own time. It is here, a century after the Wright Brothers' accomplishment, that the mythical story - of small-town bicycle mechanics astonishing the world with a feat as impressive as the boy Arthur pulling the sword from the stone - and the modern story of painstaking scientific research and development - of problem, theory, experiment and solution - come together. The novel explores the tenacity which allows the Wright Brothers to cling with an eagle's talons to the single idea that human flight is possible.

Wright Brothers

Inventing Flight for Man

Author: Susan E. Hamen

Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company

ISBN: 1617852260

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 9193

Discusses the lives of the two men responsible for the first flight of a machine powered aircraft on December 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.