The poor lift performance of
their 1900 glider made the Wright brothers question, but not
abandon, the aerodynamic data and equations they had relied
upon. To increase lift on their next glider, they simply increased
the size of the wings and the curvature of the airfoil. They
returned to Kitty Hawk in 1901 to test the new glider.
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The results were discouraging. Although more and longer free
glides were made than in the previous year, the new glider
performed worse than the 1900 craft. It still suffered from
lack of lift and now had control problems as well.