Published April 07, 2015
DAYTON, Ohio -- Wright brothers exhibit in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. On display are wind tunnel scales, charts and other tools used by the Wrights during their flying experiments. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Wright brothers exhibit in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. On display is a statement signed by the Wright brothers' mechanic, Charlie Taylor, who built the engine for the 1903 aeroplane, as well as original fabric from the 1903 Flyer. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Although heavier-than-air powered flight posed more difficult problems than other methods of flight, it also held the greatest potential. To achieve heavier-than-air flight, the problems of control and aerodynamic lift had to be solved, along with the development of a lightweight engine for propulsion.
Until Wilbur and Orville Wright dedicated themselves to solving the mystery of heavier-than-air powered flight, no one had been able to solve this puzzle. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is within seven miles of the places where Wilbur and Orville lived, studied and most importantly, solved the mysteries of flight.
Click on the following links to learn more about the Wright brothers.
Conquering the Sky: Dec. 17, 1903
Return to Ohio: Mastering Flight at Huffman Prairie
Click here to return to the Early Years Gallery.
Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.
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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)