Meeting the Challenge: The Wright Brothers

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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.

Wright Bicycle
Conquering the Sky: Dec. 17, 1903
Return to Ohio: Mastering Flight at Huffman Prairie
Tragedy Strikes

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