Aloft at Last: How the Wright Brothers Made History

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Nags Head Art, Inc., 2002 - History - 224 pages
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
5
Introduction
6
THE STATE OF AVIATION
9
The wrong place at the right time
10
Flapping wings and other ideas that didnt fly
13
America had its share of impractical dreamers
16
Other inventors laid the foundation
18
U S government backed the wrong plane
21
Regrouping in Dayton
100
Unwanted help
103
From bad to worse
106
Raising questions
110
Finding answers
114
Getting back to business
119
Returning to camp
124
The 1902 glider
127

Wrights were inspired by German flier
24
French offered inspiration and challenge
26
British efforts to fly had serious backing
29
THE WRIGHT FAMILY
33
Childhood years
34
The Bishop
36
The other brothers
39
Katharine
41
WillOrv
46
PREPARING TO
55
An early interest
56
The perfect start
57
Wilburs quest
60
WRIGHTS WORLD CIRCA 1900
63
Dayton Ohio
64
Kitty Hawk North Carolina
67
Elizabeth City North Carolina
75
Norfolk Virginia
77
ON THE OUTER BANKS 1900
79
The great adventure begins
80
William James Tate at your service
83
Camping out
87
Two nuts and the natives
89
The 1900 glider
91
Wingwarping
92
Getting down to work
95
BACK TO THE OUTER BANKS 1901
99
The missing piece
129
Push and pull
136
Power to fly
139
The first Flyer
141
Time to fly
143
Getting out the news
151
THE LONG ROAD TO REWARD
155
Building a practical flying machine
156
The 1904 Flyer at Huffman Prairie
158
U S government turns Wrights down
162
The 1905 Flyer
163
Selling a wellkept secret proves difficult
167
Finagling with the French
170
Ups and downs
176
Back to the U S
180
Racing the clock
183
Back to Kitty Hawk 1908
187
Out in the open
190
FortMyer
193
Fame fortune and falling behind
195
19101911 198 56 The patent wars
202
Orville on his own
204
THE OUTER BANKS REMEMBERS
207
Life goes on
208
Building a monument or two
214
Afterword
220
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