|Aloft At Last
How the Wright Brothers
by Chris Kidder
Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flights in an
engine-powered, heavier-than-air machine at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903. In just 12
seconds, they accomplished a feat men had been attempting for hundreds of years. Although
the odds against their success were great, the flying, as it turned out, was the easier
part of their success. Achieving the credit and the financial reward for their invention
took them far longer than designing and building their practical airplane.
This is a collection of unique journalistic views on the Wright
brothers and early aviation history. Chris Kidder in her distinctive style has outlined
the compelling story of the brothers' conquest of the air. Future researchers and
historians will find it a valuable tool for years to come.