Some aeronautical experiments
At the society’s meeting in September
1901, Wilbur presented a paper modestly titled, “Some
Aeronautical Experiments.” He discussed the design concepts
he and Orville had developed and the lessons they had learned
through flight testing. The speech was a remarkably concise
and insightful statement of the problem of flight as it stood
in the fall of 1901. The presentation was well received, and
it bolstered the Wrights’ confidence.
After a transcript of Wilbur’s speech
appeared in the Western Society of Engineers proceedings,
it became one of the most sought-after pieces of aeronautical
thinking yet published. It was reprinted in many journals
in the United States and Europe and quickly became the benchmark
for research in the field.
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