The most delightful journey of all must have been
the first successful powered flight: to be the first to accomplish anything
is unbelievably satisfying.
Gary Lawson, an American friend living in Orange
County, California, was - after visiting Dayton, Ohio - about to attend
the Wright Centenary celebrations at Kitty Hawk when we met up in early
December, 2003. He sent us a postcard from the event, and subsequently
his photographs of the Wright Flyer replica - which put the brother's achievements
into perspective, - it just wouldn't fly on THE day, 17th December. Rain
seems to have been the difficulty. Many thanks for the photos, Gary.
|Gary - seen here, at right, in front of the replica
- comments that a newspaper report of 1903 reported that an "Ohio man navigates
airship against the wind and steers it at will". The wind speed was apparently
21 mph, and the brothers "gracefully descended to earth at a spot selected
by the man in the navigator's car...no balloon attached"
Photos of the Wright Flyer replica Copyright
© 2004 Gary Lawson
||It is incredible that the original survives,
in the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum, Washington DC. If you haven't yet
made the pilgrimage, make a point of doing so if you can.
Curiously,for some years the Smithsonian
had turned it's collective back on the Wrights (in favour of Langley's
"Aerodrome" steam powered model), but London's Science Museum very kindly
returned it...or..I gather...most of it. Wonder which Brits have got the
missing bits? And which bits might be missing? Can't really blame them,
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