Who were Wilbur and Orville
1630 - Rooted in America 1859-1874 Immediate Family History 1884 Settling in Dayton 1889 Printing and Newspaper Business 1893 The Wright Cycle Company 1895 The Wright Bicycles
Few great figures in American history are shrouded in more misconceptions than Wilbur and Orville Wright. Their fame and popular stature is extraordinary, but their personal story is largely unknown.
How did two men, working essentially alone and with little formal scientific training, solve a problem so complex and demanding as heavier-than-air flight, which had defied better-known experimenters for centuries?
Certainly the brothers were talented, but the true answer also lies in their background and early experiences. Learn how these seemingly ordinary bicycle mechanics emerged to change the world.
Significant Milestones
April, 1867
August 1871
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