FC: The Wright Brothers | By Chad Herbst
1: What does the word rebel mean to you? War. Rebellion. Thats what the most common thoughts are after that question. There is more to the word than just that. A rebel can be anyone who proved someone wrong or showed that something was possible. In this sense, some of the best rebels ever were the rebels of the sky; The Wright Brothers.
2: Imagine yourself back in 1904. You hear about these two men who are trying the make a machine that could fly into the sky. You're probably thinking to yourself, man, these guys are sillier than a horse in a pigpen. Are they? The Wright brothers (Orville and Wilbur) were not like horses in pig pens. They were like Einstein among cavemen.
3: After Percy Pilcher (famous aeronout) died of a hang gliding in 1899, the thought of flying sent chills through most men. The Wright brothers studied what he had studied and decided he did much wrong, and they could modify it to work. They studied birds and how they flew and concluded that the tip of the wings should control the direction the plane destines. They needed some strong material for the wings though.
4: Wilbur was one day in a bicycle shop, when the thought hit him that if he twisted the long intertube box, it could create a strong sturdy wing. They tried it and got it surveyed by other aeronaumical engineers and they concluded that the wings were lacking the art of "Inherent Stability." They modified them and and went to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to test one of their gliders.
5: They chose Kitty Hawk because it was a very wide open place and they were away from the attention of the media. They were persuaded to this site by Octavo Chanute who years earlier had conducted a flight test at Lake Michigan where it had turned into what he called, "A Circus." In 1906, there was a rumor that a Brazilian aeronaut had flown his glider over France, but the newspaper dubed it by saying it was just a duck. This set something off inside the brothers making it almost a competition who could creat the first powered plane. In 1903, they succeeded and created the first powered plane named the "Wright Flyer 1." It was all thanks the the wood Spruce, which let them have a light sturdy structure. After the flight, it was noticed that they needed a propeller to have more durable flights. It was a heated debate, because many people did not believe in the use of the propeller. They persuaded the people to let them use it and they were back out on the beach a few days later with their new and improved propeller.