Here's Orville in the world's first
flight. Only 120 feet and twelve seconds, but later that day
Wilbur and he flew much farther.
The Wrights weren't aircraft makers at
first. They had a bicycle making business. Just as we ride
bicycles today, they rode the steel steeds for fun and profit.
But two byproducts of their work helped them with the
airplane making business.
First, the profits from the bikes helped
enable them to indulge in a serious hobby, such as airplane
making. Of course, back then they had no intention of building
a "certain looking" airplane. They were just very interested in
the problem of flight.
Second, the bicycle-riding balance they
acquired helped them steady the gliders and subsequently the
powered planes they built. It definitely assisted them in
Here you see a top of the line product
of the Wrights, the Van Cleve. Van Cleve is the name
of a great-great grandmother of theirs. If you have a
bicycle, did you know that you are doing your initial training
as a flyer? Never thought of it that way, huh?