The Wright Brothers
The first to fly
Orville= 1871-1948 (died 76)
Wilbur= 1867-1912 (died 45)Wilbur was born on April 16, 1867, in Millville, Indiana. Orville was born on August 19, 1871, in Dayton, Ohio.
Why the boys loved planes
The Wright brothers closely followed the research of German aviator Otto Lilienthal. When Lilienthal died in a glider crash, the brothers decided to start their own experiments and tests with flight.The Wright brothers soon found that their success was not appreciated by everyone. Some people from the press, as well as many flight experts, were reluctant to believe the brothers’ claims at all! The Wrights became huge celebrities in France however, hosted by royals and heads of state, and constantly featured in the press!