What You Didn’t Know About The Wright Brothers

By | April 29, 2019

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Photograph shows the first powered, controlled, sustained flight. Orville Wright at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Source: (alamy.com)

You’ve heard the history lessons that tell us that, in 1903, brothers Wilber and Orville Wright became the first humans to fly when they lifted off from a sand dune in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in a plane they built in their Ohio bicycle shop. It is a neat and tidy historical tidbit, but there is more to the story. Here is what you didn’t know about the Wright Brothers and their history-making flight. 

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Milton Wright, the family patriarch. Source: (wright-brothers.org)

There Were More Wright Brothers

When the history books talk about the Wright Brothers, it leads us to assume that Wilber and Orville were the only two children their parents had. In truth, their parents, Milton Wright and Susan Catherine Koerner Wright had seven children, most of them boys. Reuchlin and Lorin were the oldest, followed by Wilber. Then came twins, Otis and Ida, who sadly died in infancy. Orville was next, and then Katharine, the only surviving Wright daughter.