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The Wright Brothers and the invention of the Airplane

Wilbur becomes interested in mechanical flight



1896  Lilienthal is Killed

           Wilbur concludes that control by  shifting a pilots his weight is Not Safe 

             Wilbur contemplates how control might be achieved       

             Wilbur contemplates how a pilot might learn to fly

             Wilbur contacts the Smithsonian  Museum to learn about other attempts

             Wilbur contacts Octave Chanute to learn of his achievements


WILBUR TAKES A DIFFERENT APPROACH

               1 Airplane need not be STABLE ..It Must be Controlled by the pilot

               2 Wilbur demonstrates Control in both Roll and Pitch with a kite 1899 

               3 Wilbur plans to fly stationary in strong winds on the crest of a slope

               4  Wilbur seeks a location with strong winds, steep slopes, and soft sand

    

Wilbur and Orville  build their first glider  1900

 

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