The Motorized Flight
The Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers' Motivation
On August 10, 1894, Otto Lilienthal, German engineer and aviation pioneer, died from injuries suffered in a crash while testing his latest glider. The tragedy hightened the Wright brothers' interest in Lilienthal's work and the problem of human flight. While still running their bicycle business, Wilbur and Orville studied the problems of mechanical and human flight. The Wright Brothers read everything they could about bird flight, and Otto Lilienthal's work, the brothers became convinced that human flight was possible and decide to conduct some experiments of their own.