Roaring Twenties Aviation

By Michael VanHorn

Orville Wright

Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1871, Orville Wright and his elder brother, Wilbur Wright, were the inventors of the world's first successful airplane. The brothers successfully conducted the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven airplane on December 17, 1903.

Wilbur Wright

Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867 Millville, Indiana. He was the third child of Bishop Milton Wright and Susan Catharine Wright. The family moved to Hawthorn Street in Dayton, Ohio


The Wright Brothers had a very interesting childhood growing up near Dayton Ohio. Although the older brother Wilbur was born in Indiana, both brothers grew up in Ohio. The brothers enjoyed working and playing when they were younger and by the time both brothers were teenagers they were interseted in flight and flying toys. When the boys grew older they began to work on bicycles and deliver newspapers for a living. Just like all other children, Wilbur and Orville had dreams and fascinations and they were about flight.

Adult Life

The first flight was made by Orville and lasted only 12 seconds, during which the airplane flew 120 feet. That same day, however, on its fourth flight, with Wilbur at the controls, the plane stayed in the air for 59 seconds and traveled 852 feet. Then a gust of wind severely damaged the craft. The brothers returned to Dayton convinced of their success and determined to build another machine. In 1905 they abandoned their other activities and concentrated on the development of aviation. On May 22, 1906, they received a patent for their flying machine.The brothers looked to the federal government for encouragement in their venture, and gradually interest was aroused in Washington, D.C. In 1907 the government asked for bids for an airplane that would meet certain requirements. Twenty-two bids were received, three were accepted, but only the Wright brothers finished their contract.The brothers continued their experiments at Kitty Hawk, and in September 1908, while Wilbur was in France attempting to interest foreign backers in their machine, Orville successfully demonstrated their contract airplane. It was accepted by the government. The event was marred by a crash a week later in which Orville was injured and a passenger was killed.

Where can you find them

You can find one of their aeroplanes at the national air and space museum.

Fun Joke To Tell Your Friends

Two wrongs dont make a right but two wrights make an airplane.

Its a brid, Its a plane, no Its an Aeroplane.