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Tag Archives: Wright Bros

AVIATION MARKETING 101: 1911–1913

THE INTERNET IS often likened to the Wild West because of its unruly activities, but today’s internet is fairly orderly in comparison to the early days of aviation. I’ve already … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

NEW ZEALANDER RICHARD PEARSE—FIRST TO FLY?

WHO WAS the first person to fly? Do balloonists count? What about piloting a glider? Was it Icarus? Orville or Wilber Wright? And what about New Zealander Richard Pearse? There’s evidence … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

LEARN TO FLY

A SHOW of hands, please, of all who have ever wanted to learn how to fly. I thought so. And, like me, maybe, what with one thing and another, you’ve … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

GABRIEL VOISIN VS THE WRIGHT BROS.

WELCOME TO today’s debate. Its topic, who invented the aeroplane? The Wright Bros. of Dayton, Ohio? Or Gabriel Voisin of Billancourt, Paris, France? In composing the Wright Bros. argument, I used … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 4 Comments

THE WRIGHT BROS. VS GLENN CURTISS

ON DECEMBER 17, 1903, on the windy sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the world’s first pilot-controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight. Others before had piloted … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 5 Comments

WILBUR WOWS ‘EM AT LE MANS

AVIATION HISTORY was made on August 8, 1908, not far from Le Mans, when Wilbur Wright showed Europeans the absolute state of aeroplane art. He did this just off what’s … Continue reading

August 13, 2012 · 1 Comment