Who Were Wilbur and Orville?
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The 1900 glider produced only about half the lift the Wrights had predicted. For all their careful planning, something was obviously very wrong. Still, they were pleased with their first visit to Kitty Hawk.
Their testing had validated many of their design concepts, the control method in particular. They had enjoyed their stay at the little fishing village and spent only $15 to build the glider. Wilbur and Orville planned to return the next year with an improved aircraft.
“If you are looking for perfect safety, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds; but if you really wish to learn, you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial.”
Wilbur Wright, on learning to ride a flying machine
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