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A Glimpse Of The Past Through The Wright Brothers Collection - As a minister of the United Brethren Church the Rev. Milton Wright had moved his family a number of times, so although the family had roots in Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa, they considered the house at 7 Hawthorn in Dayton, Ohio to be home, where they "belonged." The five children were Reuchlin, Lorin, Wilbur, Orville, and Katharine. Milton had met Susan Catherine Koerner while they were in college at Hartsville, Indiana. They married Nov. 24, 1859. Wilbur and Orville, were given a toy helicopter made of cork, bamboo, paper, and powered by rubber bands. They were fascinated and it left a deep impression on the boys who were serious readers of all things mechanical. The two built projects including a foot-treadle powered wood lathe, a paper folding device, printing presses, and engaged in endless remodeling of their home. Orville remarked that "...we were lucky enough to grow up in a home environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interest; to investigate whatever aroused curiosity." Their print shop was profitable and they also decided to sell bicycles, do repairs, and manufacture their own. A friend of theirs, Paul Dunbar the poet, once worked with them in the print shop. Winter was time to work on developing their ideas, and in 1895 they became interested in gliding, powerfully impressed by the German inventor, Otto Lilienthal, the "father of gliding flights" who became their hero. All information on flight was devoured by the Wrights and the Smithsonian Institute provided data on flight by Octave Chanute, Samuel Langley, and others. The current challenge of flight was lateral control, bringing the wings level. The "boys" designed and built a biplane kite with their own original key element of wing warping as well as a rear elevator to control the up or down pitch the wings. Their confidence soared and testing of a man carrying glider was planned for Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the fall of 1900. This first testing season, 1900, revealed the actual lift experienced was far less than what they had calculated from generally accepted tables of the time, and the glider had to be flown as a kite without a pilot aboard for the test. But they did learn that their wing warping and elevator worked even better than expected. The stage was set for designing a larger glider for the 1901 season that would solve the lift problem. The 1901 season saw Chanute present for trials. They broke all records for distance but discovered that most of the available lift data was unreliable, and they were faced with the huge challenge of developing demonstrably workable data if they were to proceed. Wilbur was ready to quit, but an ironic situation occurred. Chanute invited Wilbur to address the Western Society of Engineers in Chicago. Only as a gesture to his friend, Wilbur did so, and in the speech declared that the published data of air pressure on surfaces were seriously in error. This prompted Orville and Wilbur to back up their claim. As they often did, the Wrights built what they needed in their bicycle shop; a miniature wind tunnel in which they tested hundreds of wing surfaces of different cambers, lengths, widths and positions. Their figures are still considered quite accurate when compared to that of the sophistication of today. Most people are unaware of the enormous efforts the Wright brothers expended in their experimenting with fundamental theoretical principles, pioneering in uncharted areas. Today the wind tunnel is taken for granted but at the time it was an extraordinary "event" in the progress of aeronautics. The 1902 glider was built with the new figures. The wing span was now almost 32 feet but about the same lift area. Wing warping was by shifting the pilot's hips in a harness and a vertical rear tail was added to compensate for differences in wing tip resistance and speed. The new wings designed with their lift tables proved highly effective although tests revealed that the tail should be movable, and was then connected and activated along with the wing warping mechanism. Next was a powered airplane. The 1903 season was preceded by two momentous achievements. First, the Wrights built their own engine to power the airplane. Second, the simple task of building the propellers turned into a huge project of working out the theory and then putting this theory into action. Many months of work resulted in a very efficient propeller system. It was on Monday, Dec. 14, 1903, that Wilbur won the coin toss, took off for the world's first powered and controlled flight, and flew for a whole 3.5 seconds and 105 feet. This was unsuccessful. The "official first flight" on December 17th lasted 12 seconds. The distance was equivalent to 540 feet (adjusted to remove the head wind of 35 feet per second). The rest is history. The "Flyer" is forever on display at the Smithsonian and contrails in the sky remind us daily that from humble beginnings the Wright Brothers literally launched a new era of history. Their discoveries were followed by an overabundance of aircraft designers, instrument developers, inventors, flyers, racers, and industries, to say nothing about airforces undreamed of. All these aviation pioneers were original thinkers, many times controversial and bitter rivals, but united in a fierce determination to take absolute dominion of the skies.