Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867 near New Castle, Indiana. Four years later Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio. There family members names were, Katherine there sister, Reuchlin and Loren there brothers, and Susan Wright and Milton Wright there parents. The seven stayed in Dayton after Orville was born. Milton was bishop in their town but, he was always away so Susan took care of the five until she died from consumption (tuberculoses) later on. While Wilbur played hockey, he smashed his face and suffered several injuries while trying to take care of his mother. When the Wright Brothers were teens they left school because they had to work. The Wrights used there money for plane parts. The Wrights were inspired by Gorge Clayley. They tried to keep their planes secret.  However, when people passed in trolley cars they would see the Wright Brothers working on their planes, and thought the brothers were insane.

            The Wright Brothers were famous because they achieved many accomplishments.  In 1899, they became serious about flying, so they wrote a letter to the famous Smithsonian in Washington D.C. for books about flying.  A major decision for the Wright Brothers was the wing shape, since no one else had really studied about it.  Their decision was excellent because on December 17, 1903 Wilbur took his first successful flight.  It flew for 59 seconds and 852 feet.  On the same day Orville flew for 12 seconds and 120 feet.  They would have flown more that day but while they were talking to each other, a gust of wind blew their plane into a tree.  In 1904 the Wrights got into the Popular Science Issue.  The Wright Brothers made three engine flyers (airplanes): 1903, 1904, and 1905 engine flyer.  The 1905 engine flyer flew for 30 minutes.  The Wright Brothers had many flying shows.

            The Wright brothers were very admirable and remarkable. Many other scientists failed trying to build planes before the Wright Brothers. The Wright Brothers didn’t go to school for engineering, but they studied the work other scientists did involving aircraft.  After very hard work and some failures, the Wright Brothers finally got it right and achieved their goal of flying.

            The Wright Brothers made an impact on people and companies.  The brothers planes made a great impact on the air force.  The Wrights also made an impact on NASA to develop space crafts.  Now people can travel around the world in 24 hours because of the Wright’s.  If someone has a business meeting on the other side of the world, they could get their quickly.

            I learned a very valuable lesson from studying about the Wright Brothers. Either if you don’t catch a ball or your wing breaks like the Wright Brothers always try and never give up because you can achieve amazing things.








Hudson, Margret The Wright Brothers Chicogo Heinemann Library



Parker, Steve Science Discoveries The Wright Brothers and Aviation New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1994.