Who Were Wilbur and Orville?
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An Invitation from Octave Chanute
An Invitation from Octave Chanute
The disheartened mood that overtook Wilbur and Orville as they departed Kitty Hawk did not last long. Shortly after they returned to Dayton, Octave Chanute invited them to speak before the prestigious Western Society of Engineers on their recent gliding experiments.
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.
Wilbur's speech
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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The Wrights used this stopwatch to time the Kitty Hawk flights.
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