What a week! On the heels of a wonderful California wedding, our daughter returned to southern Florida, only to find herself evacuating north. She found very comfortable shelter with the family of a friend in Asheville, NC. This week she will make the trek in reverse back to Palm Beach county.
I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones dry and safe.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Wright Brothers Printable(** for Premium Members only)
On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers made the world’s first flight in a power-driven, heavier-than-air machine that cost about $1000 to build. With Orville at the controls and Wilbur on the ground, the plane flew 120 feet in twelve seconds. Although man had dreamt of flying for centuries, it took these two unschooled young men (bicycle shopkeepers by trade) to finally lift us off the ground.
Biography: The Wright Brothers
“Born four years apart, brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright grew up in a small town in Ohio. They shared an intellectual curiosity and an aptitude for science, at a time when the possibility of human flight was beginning to look like a reality.” Start your visit with a three-minute video narrated by biographer David McCollough, then proceed to the Orville and Wilbur biographies below.
Mississippi State: The Invention of the Airplane
This site opens with a quote from German hand glider engineer Otto Lilienthal: “To invent an airplane … is nothing. To build an airplane … is something. But to fly … is everything.” In addition to the terrific photo gallery and exhaustive database of early aviators, I recommend The Tale of the Airplane. There you will find what the authors call a “Puritan fairy tale. It is the story of how two honest, straightforward, hard-working Americans accomplished something fantastic and magical — creating a craft of stick and fabric that mounted the air like the chariots of the gods, opening the skies to all humankind.”
National Air and Space Museum: The Wright Brothers
“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?” Marking the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ Kitty Hawk flight of 1903, this museum site covers Who were Wilbur & Orville, Inventing a Flying Machine, and The Aerial Age. It includes biographies, interactive experiments, and classroom activities.
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Quote of the Week
“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who… looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space… on the infinite highway of the air.” ~~ Wilbur Wright ~~ (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912) American inventor and aviation pioneer. Check out these other quotes about dreams.
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