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The Wright brothers, Orville Wright (August 19, 1871 - January 30, 1948) and Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 - May 30, 1912), are generally credited with the design and construction of the first practical aeroplane, and making the first controllable, powered heavier-than-air flight along with many other aviation milestones. However, their accomplishments have been subject to many counter-claims by some people and nations at their start, and through to the present day.

Early career and research

Wilbur Wright was born in Millville, Indiana in 1867, Orville in Dayton, Ohio in 1871. Both received high school educations but no diplomas.

The Wright brothers grew up in Dayton, where they opened a bicycle repair, design and manufacturing company (the Wright Cycle Company) in 1892. They used the occupation to fund their growing interest in flight. Drawing on the work of Sir George Cayley, Octave Chanute, Otto Lilienthal and Samuel Pierpont Langley, they began their mechanical aeronautical experimentation in 1899. The brothers extended the technology of flight by emphasizing control of the aircraft (instead of increased power) for taking off into the air. They developed three-axis control and established principles of control still used today.

The Wrights had researched and initially relied upon the aeronautical literature of the day, including Lilienthal's tables; but finding that the Smeaton Coefficient (a variable in the formula for lift and the formula for drag) was wrong, had a wind tunnel built by their employee, Charlie Taylor, and tested over two hundred different wing shapes in it, eventually devising their own tables relating air pressure to wing shape. Their work and projects with bicycles, gears, bicycle motors, and balance (while riding a bicycle), were critical to their success in creating the mechanical airplane.

During their research, the Wrights always worked together, and their contributions to the aeroplane's development are inseparable.

Flights

Toward first flight

First flight, December 17, 1903.

The Wright Brothers were noted for placing the emphasis of their aviation research on navigational control rather than simply lift and propulsion which would make sustained flight practical. To that end, they first made gliders (beginning in 1899), using an intricate system called “wing warping.” If one wing bent one way, it would receive more lift, which would make the plane lift. If they could control how the gliders' wings warped, then it would make flying much easier. To allow warping in the first gliders, they had to keep the front and rear posts that hold up the glider unbraced. The warping was then controlled by wire running through the wings, which led to sticks the flyer held, and he could pull one or the other to make it turn left or right.

In 1900 they went to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to continue their aeronautical work, choosing Kitty Hawk (specifically a sand dune called Kill Devil Hill) on the advice of a National Weather Service meterologist because of its strong and steady winds and because its remote location afforded the brothers privacy from prying eyes in the highly competitive race to invent a successful heavier-than-air flying machine. They experimented with gliders at Kitty Hawk from 1900 through 1902, each year constructing a new glider. Their last glider, the Wright Glider of 1902, applied many important innovations in flight, and the brothers made over a thousand flights with it. On March 23, 1903 they applied for a patent (granted as U.S. patent number 821,393, "Flying-Machine", on May 23, 1906) for the novel technique of controlling lateral movement and turning by "wing warping". By 1903, the Wright Brothers were perhaps the most skilled glider pilots in the world.

USPS stamp depicting the "first flight."

In 1903, they built the Wright Flyer -- later the Flyer I (today popularly known as the Kitty Hawk), carved propellers and had an engine built by Taylor in their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. The propellers had an 80% efficiency rate. The engine was superior to manufactured ones, having a low enough weight-to-power ratio to use on an aeroplane. (The chain used in the engine was a bicycle chain, not surprisingly.)

Then on December 17, 1903, the Wrights took to the air, both of them twice. The first flight, by Orville, of 39 meters (120 feet) in 12 seconds, was recorded in a famous photograph. In the fourth flight of the same day, the only flight made that day which was actually controlled, Wilbur Wright flew 279 meters (852 ft) in 59 seconds. [1].

The flights were witnessed by 4 lifesavers and a boy from the village, making it arguably the first public flight. A local newspaper reported the event, inaccurately. Only one other newspaper, the Cincinnati Enquirer, printed the story the next day.

The Flyer I cost less than a thousand dollars to construct. It had a wingspan of 40 feet (12 m), weighed 750 pounds (340 kg), and sported a 12 horsepower (9 kW), 170 pound (77 kg) engine.

Trouble establishing legitimacy

The Wrights established a flying field at Huffman Prairie, near Dayton, and continued work in 1904, building the Flyer II and using a catapult take-off system to compensate for the lack of wind in this location. By the end of the year, the Wright Brothers had sustained 105 flights, some of them of 5 minutes, circling over the prairie, which is now part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In 1905, they built an improved aeroplane, the Flyer III.

In 1904 and 1905, the Wright Brothers conducted over 105 flights from Huffman Prairie in Dayton, inviting the press and friends and neighbors. Here they completed the first aerial circle and by October 5, 1905 Wilbur set a record of over 39 minutes in the air and 24 1/2 miles (39 km), circling over Huffman Prairie.

The press was not sympathetic to the Wright Brothers. When a large contingent of journalists arrived at the field in 1904, for instance, the Wrights were experiencing mechanical difficulties, and were unable to correct them within two days. As a result, the first local report of the flights appeared in a beekeeping magazine. The news was not widely known outside of Ohio, and was often met with skepticism. The Paris edition of the Herald Tribune headlined a 1906 article on the Wrights "FLYERS OR LIARS?"

This was reinforced by the fact that the Wright Brothers, wary of the competition stealing their plans, refused to make public demonstrations of their machines or take part in air shows before signing firm contracts with the military. They attempted to sign contracts with the US army, the French army, the English army, and even the German army, but all refused as they had not been shown the flying machine in operation. Thus, ridiculed by the press, the Wright brothers continued their work in semi-obscurity, while other pilot pioneers like Franco-Brazilian pioneer Santos-Dumont or US pioneer Glenn Curtiss were occupying the limelight.

Santos-Dumont received a world triumph after succeeding with the first public take-off, flight, and landing in the history of aviation, flying 60 meters with his Oiseau de proie aircraft during a public demonstration at Bagatelle, on the outskirts of Paris, on October 23, 1906. On November 12 he flew 220 meters. It was a very pale performance compared to the 39 kilometers flown by the Wright Brothers the year before, but at the time the October 23, 1906 flight in Paris was thought to be the first flight of an airplane in human history, as people were unaware or doubtful of the previous flights of the Wright Brothers. As for Glenn Curtiss, he succeeded with America's first public and official airplane flight on July 4, 1908.

Acceptance

Demonstrating flight to the U.S. Army, September 17, 1908.

It is only after they signed a contract with the US Army and a French company that the Wright Brothers accepted to take part in public demonstrations and flying contests. Their first public demonstration was held on August 8, 1908, on the racing track of Le Mans, Sarthe département, France, where Wilbur Wright took the command of the Wright Flyer model A and made a series of technically challenging flights, demonstrating to the world his skills as a pilot as well as the potential of his flying machine, far surpassing all other pilot pioneers. The Wright Brothers became world famous overnight.

Orville Wright followed his brother's success by demonstrating the flyer to the United States Army at Fort Myer, Virginia on September 17, 1908. Thomas Selfridge became the first person killed in a powered airplane on that day (Charlie Furnas had become the first air passenger on May 14), when a propeller failure caused the crash of the passenger-carrying plane Orville was piloting. Orville broke a leg and two ribs. (This was the only serious accident the Wrights suffered.) In late 1908, Madame Hart O. Berg became the first woman to fly when she flew with Wilbur Wright in Le Mans, France.

The French public was thrilled by the feat of Wilbur Wright, and the Wright Brothers were offered the direction of a flying school in the Sarthe département, and later in Pau, southern France, which they accepted. Later, they returned to the United States. On September 29, 1909, one million New-Yorkers witnessed the extraordinary flight of Wilbur Wright above the Hudson River and around the Statue of Liberty, which solidly established the fame of the Wright Brothers in America.

Also in 1909, the Wrights won the first US military aviation contract when they built a machine that met the requirements of a two-seater, capable of flights of an hour's duration, at an average of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and land undamaged. $30,000 of the federal budget was reserved for military aviation. That year the Wrights were also building Wright Flyers in factories in Dayton and in Germany.

On October 25, 1910, the Wright Brothers were engaged by Max Moorehouse of Columbus, Ohio to undertake the first commercial air cargo shipment. Moorehouse, owner of Moorehouse-Marten's Department store in Columbus, asked if the Wright Brothers could carry a shipment of silk ribbon from a wholesaler in Dayton to Columbus. The Wright brothers agreed to the proposal, adding that their pilot and airplane would put on an exhibition once the cargo was delivered to the Driving Park landing area on the east side of Columbus. Moorehouse, in turn, agreed to pay the Wrights $5,000 for the service, which was more an exercise in advertising than a simple delivery. The actual flight occurred on November 7, 1910, with the Model "B" Wright Flyer piloted by Phil Parmalee. The 62 mile (100 km) flight took 62 minutes, with Parmalee overtaking the Big Four express train in London, Ohio. In addition to carrying the first air-freight, Parmalee's speed of 60 miles an hour (97 km/h) set a world record for in-flight speed. For the return trip, however, the Wright Flyer was loaded on a train the night of the world record flight, and Parmalee returned to Dayton on the same Big Four Express train that he overtook in the air the day before.

The Wrights took over 300 photographs of flights and many other events of those pioneer days of aviation.

The Wrights were involved in several patent battles, which they won in 1914. Wilbur died from typhoid fever in 1912, an event Orville never completely recovered from. Orville sold his interests in the airplane company in 1915 and died thirty-three years later from a heart attack while fixing the doorbell to his home, Hawthorne Hill, in Oakwood, Ohio. Neither brother married. The Flyer I is now on display in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C..

Earlier and later flying craft

There are many claims of earlier flights made by other flying machines in various categories and qualifications. See First flying machine.

Lighter-than-air balloons, dirigibles, airships had been taking people into the sky for much of the 18th century before the Wrights, and several people had been working on heavier-than-air flying machines as well. Numerous claims before the Wrights aspire to the title of being the first powered, controlled, and self-sustaining flight (or minor variations of this classification). Several claims are actually after the Wrights, and lay claim by discounting the Wrights' attempt either on the basis of its authenticity (that it's valid enough), on some technical basis of the flyer in relation to the technical details to the title, or sometimes both. (Note that claims earlier than the Wrights are often criticized on similar grounds.)

The Wrights' flights have what is usually considered to be reasonable proof, including photos and multiple eyewitnesses. However, some of the strongest claims lie in the design qualities of the craft itself and the spread of those features to other pioneers. The ability of the Wrights to demonstrate the source of, and in many cases explain, the features that they combined and developed into the first working airplane (aeroplane), along with the ability to see these same features turn up in later craft is among the most powerful evidence of what they accomplished.

Many earlier attempts featured powerful powerplants or very light powerplants. Many had wing designs of some effectiveness. Many had the ability to glide (translate forward speed into lift), and some had control mechanisms. The Wright Brothers' patented three-axis system of control, using wing warping (later supplanted by other 3-axis control systems), an effective wing design for the craft's weight, a light enough motor with power to maintain steady flight, an effective system to turn the engine power into thrust (the propeller), and some other features allowed it to be significantly better than any previous manned flying machine. The careful balance between all these areas are seen in any craft capable of sustained flight, and they first happened in the flyer.

Still, controversy in the credit for invention of the airplane has been fuelled by the Wrights' secrecy while their patent was prepared, by the pride of nations, by the number of firsts made possible by the basic invention, and other assorted issues.

There has also been much debate about whether the Wright Brothers' early flights (as well as those of earlier claims) flew high enough to be out of ground effect.

Another source of attack is that some of the recreations of the Wright Flyer do not fly. The reasons for failures of recreations usually stem from an inability to know exactly the Wrights' design and to duplicate the conditions of the flight. Things that even the Wrights do not know about the Flyer I that enabled it to fly are lost to history, such as things like the octane of the fuels used, and the small details of aerodynamics that can have disproportionate effect on the ability of planes to fly. The Wrights' initial troubles with their own recreation, the Flyer II, makes the matter even harder. Regardless, some recreations do fly, and the Flyer II's impressive performance and flights largely vindicate the design.

After their Kitty Hawk flights, which used a rail but no mechanical assistance in windy conditions, the Wrights developed a weight-powered catapult in Ohio to aid initial acceleration. This method of launching has been the source of controversy for some attacks on the Wrights' claim. Some consider that a plane incapable of taking off using its own power could not be a true aircraft, but choosing a non-standard definition does not necessarily exclude the Wrights.

Just as many aircraft do not have enough power to take off in certain conditions, the Flyer's trouble with achieving its take off speed on land is not a real issue. The Flyer did manage to get off the ground under its own power in some instances, and its powered and controlled flights after it was aided in achieving its take-off speed by the catapult largely redeem it. Furthermore, if an aircraft does not have enough peak power to overcome the extra drag from being in contact with the ground, some other means must be found to overcome it. This is done in a number of ways. In modern aircraft a landing gear and long runways enable them to build up to take-off speed. This important advancement would have to wait till Alberto Santos-Dumont and the flight of the 14-Bis to be implemented in aircraft. This machine used the Wright's essential developments. Catapults do remain in use on aircraft carriers where planes cannot build enough speed to take off, and these still make use of landing gear.

Most counter-claims to having the 'first plane' often have some truth to them. Many heavier-than-air aircraft became airborne before the Wrights, but lacked control. Endlessly more advanced machines came after. But the Wright Flyer stands out as the first practical flying machine (airplane/aeroplane) with a combination of features not used before, but included in all that came later, to this day (effective wings, 3-axis control, an effective system to generate power and turn into thrust, and an effective takeoff system).

The Smithsonian issue

In the early 1900s professor Samuel P. Langley was secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He had a claim to being "father of flight" as he had for many years worked on gliders and successful powered models, and his assistant C. M. Manley was actually employed by the US government to construct aircraft for military use. His full-sized planes, however, were complete failures at flight. When the Smithsonian proposed a display that would not have made this clear, Orville Wright responded by loaning the Flyer I to the London Science Museum. Orville stated it wouldn't be returned until he and his brother were acknowledged as the "Fathers of Powered Flight". The Smithsonian eventually agreed, but the Flyer remained at Kensington in London until 1948. On November 23, 1948 the executors of the estate of Orville Wright wrote a contract with the Smithsonian Institute regarding the display of the aircraft, stating that "Neither the Smithsonian Institution or its successors, nor any museum or other agency, bureau or facilities administered for the United States of America by the Smithsonian Institution or its successors shall publish or permit to be displayed a statement or label in connection with or in respect of any aircraft model or design of earlier date than the Wright Aeroplane of 1903, claiming in effect that such aircraft was capable of carrying a man under its own power in controlled flight." If this wasn't fulfilled the Flyer would be returned to the heir of the Wright brothers.

Effect on Dayton

See Dayton for city history. The Wrights' contributions to the city of Dayton were and remain immeasurable. From their use of local materials, when Requarth Lumber Company wood was used to construct the Flyer I and other airplanes, to the encouragement of local arts and sciences, as with Paul Laurence Dunbar, to their financial and political contributions, as with the massive Air Force base and museum, the Wright Brothers changed the city's history.

Ohio/North Carolina dispute

The states of Ohio and North Carolina both take credit for the Wright Brothers and their world-changing invention - Ohio because the brothers developed and built their design in Dayton, and North Carolina because Kitty Hawk was the site of the first flight. With a spirit of friendly rivalry, Ohio has adopted the informal slogan "Birthplace of Aviation" (later "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers", with a tip of the hat to not only the Wrights, but also John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, both Ohio natives.) North Carolina has also adopted the slogan "First In Flight" and includes the theme on state license plates.

As the positions of both states can be factually defended, and both states play a significant role in the history of flight, neither state truly has a complete claim to the Wrights' accomplishment. It was in Ohio, however, where the Wright Brothers' many inventions were made, and where the 1903 Wright Flyer was manufactured prior to its partial disassembly and shipment to North Carolina.

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. It was in Ohio, however, where the Wright Brothers' many inventions were made, and where the 1903 Wright Flyer was manufactured prior to its partial disassembly and shipment to North Carolina.
. As the positions of both states can be factually defended, and both states play a significant role in the history of flight, neither state truly has a complete claim to the Wrights' accomplishment.
. With a spirit of friendly rivalry, Ohio has adopted the informal slogan "Birthplace of Aviation" (later "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers", with a tip of the hat to not only the Wrights, but also John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, both Ohio natives.) North Carolina has also adopted the slogan "First In Flight" and includes the theme on state license plates. Many memorials to Wilson exist:.

The states of Ohio and North Carolina both take credit for the Wright Brothers and their world-changing invention - Ohio because the brothers developed and built their design in Dayton, and North Carolina because Kitty Hawk was the site of the first flight. Wilson appointed the following Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States:. From their use of local materials, when Requarth Lumber Company wood was used to construct the Flyer I and other airplanes, to the encouragement of local arts and sciences, as with Paul Laurence Dunbar, to their financial and political contributions, as with the massive Air Force base and museum, the Wright Brothers changed the city's history.

. The Wrights' contributions to the city of Dayton were and remain immeasurable. He was buried in Washington National Cathedral. See Dayton for city history. Wilson stayed in the home another 37 years, dying on December 28, 1961.

On November 23, 1948 the executors of the estate of Orville Wright wrote a contract with the Smithsonian Institute regarding the display of the aircraft, stating that "Neither the Smithsonian Institution or its successors, nor any museum or other agency, bureau or facilities administered for the United States of America by the Smithsonian Institution or its successors shall publish or permit to be displayed a statement or label in connection with or in respect of any aircraft model or design of earlier date than the Wright Aeroplane of 1903, claiming in effect that such aircraft was capable of carrying a man under its own power in controlled flight." If this wasn't fulfilled the Flyer would be returned to the heir of the Wright brothers. Mrs. The Smithsonian eventually agreed, but the Flyer remained at Kensington in London until 1948. Wilson died there on February 3, 1924. Orville stated it wouldn't be returned until he and his brother were acknowledged as the "Fathers of Powered Flight". In 1921, Wilson and his wife retired from the White House to a home in the Embassy Row section of Washington, D.C. When the Smithsonian proposed a display that would not have made this clear, Orville Wright responded by loaning the Flyer I to the London Science Museum. The amendment, which provides for installation of the Vice President as Acting President in case of presidential disability, was ratified in 1967.

His full-sized planes, however, were complete failures at flight. This was to date the most serious case of presidential disability in American history, and was cited as a key example why ratification of the 25th amendment was seen as important. Manley was actually employed by the US government to construct aircraft for military use. While Wilson was incapacitated, his second wife, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, served as steward, selecting issues for his attention and delegating other issues to his cabinet heads. M. John Barry, in The Great Influenza, has theorized that Wilson's predisposition to those strokes was a complication from the lethal pandemic of influenza in 1919, which sometimes affected the brain. He had a claim to being "father of flight" as he had for many years worked on gliders and successful powered models, and his assistant C. Marshall, his cabinet or Congressional visitors to the White House for the remainder of his presidential term.

Langley was secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Although the extent of his disability was kept from the public until after his death, Wilson was purposely kept out of the presence of Vice President Thomas R. In the early 1900s professor Samuel P. A week later, on October 2, Wilson suffered a second, far more serious stroke that almost totally incapacitated him. But the Wright Flyer stands out as the first practical flying machine (airplane/aeroplane) with a combination of features not used before, but included in all that came later, to this day (effective wings, 3-axis control, an effective system to generate power and turn into thrust, and an effective takeoff system). On September 25, 1919, Wilson suffered a mild stroke that went unannounced to the public. Endlessly more advanced machines came after. Opponents of Wilson believed that by supporting the Versailles Settlement, which was actually a series of treaties, they would create economic devastation.

Many heavier-than-air aircraft became airborne before the Wrights, but lacked control. The Versailles settlement also led to economic devastation in Germany that led to the under consumption problems leading to the Great Depression. Most counter-claims to having the 'first plane' often have some truth to them. United States membership, Wilson believed, was essential to ensuring lasting world peace. Catapults do remain in use on aircraft carriers where planes cannot build enough speed to take off, and these still make use of landing gear. entry into the League. This machine used the Wright's essential developments. Receiving the award was bittersweet, however, because he was unable to convince Congressional opponents, such as Henry Cabot Lodge, to support the resolution endorsing U.S.

This important advancement would have to wait till Alberto Santos-Dumont and the flight of the 14-Bis to be implemented in aircraft. For his peacemaking efforts, Wilson was awarded the 1920 Nobel Peace Prize. In modern aircraft a landing gear and long runways enable them to build up to take-off speed. The charter of the proposed League of Nations was incorporated into the conference's Treaty of Versailles, but most of the other Fourteen Points fell by the wayside. This is done in a number of ways. Marines to stop the German delegation from entering the conference. Furthermore, if an aircraft does not have enough peak power to overcome the extra drag from being in contact with the ground, some other means must be found to overcome it. In an effort to gain French support for the League, Wilson ordered U.S.

The Flyer did manage to get off the ground under its own power in some instances, and its powered and controlled flights after it was aided in achieving its take-off speed by the catapult largely redeem it. president to travel to Europe while in office), where he worked tirelessly to promote his plan. Just as many aircraft do not have enough power to take off in certain conditions, the Flyer's trouble with achieving its take off speed on land is not a real issue. He sailed for Versailles on December 4, 1918 for the 1919 Paris Peace Conference (making him the first U.S. Some consider that a plane incapable of taking off using its own power could not be a true aircraft, but choosing a non-standard definition does not necessarily exclude the Wrights. Wilson intended the Fourteen Points as a means toward ending the war and achieving an equitable peace for all the nations. This method of launching has been the source of controversy for some attacks on the Wrights' claim. On January 8, 1918, Wilson made his famous Fourteen Points address, introducing the idea of a League of Nations, an organization that would strive to help preserve territorial integrity and political independence among large and small nations alike.

After their Kitty Hawk flights, which used a rail but no mechanical assistance in windy conditions, the Wrights developed a weight-powered catapult in Ohio to aid initial acceleration. After the Great War, Wilson worked with mixed success to assure statehood for formerly oppressed nations and an equitable peace. Regardless, some recreations do fly, and the Flyer II's impressive performance and flights largely vindicate the design. A declaration of war against Austria-Hungary followed on December 7. The Wrights' initial troubles with their own recreation, the Flyer II, makes the matter even harder. However, with increased pressure, the United States entered the conflict with a formal declaration of war against Germany on April 6, 1917. Things that even the Wrights do not know about the Flyer I that enabled it to fly are lost to history, such as things like the octane of the fuels used, and the small details of aerodynamics that can have disproportionate effect on the ability of planes to fly. He kept the United States neutral in the early years of World War I, which contributed to his popular re-election in 1916.

The reasons for failures of recreations usually stem from an inability to know exactly the Wrights' design and to duplicate the conditions of the flight. in World War I tested his leadership severely. Another source of attack is that some of the recreations of the Wright Flyer do not fly. Determining whether to involve the U.S. There has also been much debate about whether the Wright Brothers' early flights (as well as those of earlier claims) flew high enough to be out of ground effect. In foreign policy Wilson faced greater challenges than any president since Abraham Lincoln. Still, controversy in the credit for invention of the airplane has been fuelled by the Wrights' secrecy while their patent was prepared, by the pride of nations, by the number of firsts made possible by the basic invention, and other assorted issues. supported the "White" side of the Russian civil war, first monetarily, but later with a naval blockade and ground forces in Murmansk, Archangelsk, and Vladivostok.

The careful balance between all these areas are seen in any craft capable of sustained flight, and they first happened in the flyer. Between 1917 and 1920 the U.S. The Wright Brothers' patented three-axis system of control, using wing warping (later supplanted by other 3-axis control systems), an effective wing design for the craft's weight, a light enough motor with power to maintain steady flight, an effective system to turn the engine power into thrust (the propeller), and some other features allowed it to be significantly better than any previous manned flying machine. He intervened to impose hegemony, not democracy.". Many had the ability to glide (translate forward speed into lift), and some had control mechanisms. He never tried. Many had wing designs of some effectiveness. Gleijesus (1992) notes: "It is not that Wilson failed in his earnest efforts to bring democracy to these little countries.

Many earlier attempts featured powerful powerplants or very light powerplants. In 1919, Haitians rose up in rebellion against the Americans, resulting in 3,000 deaths. The ability of the Wrights to demonstrate the source of, and in many cases explain, the features that they combined and developed into the first working airplane (aeroplane), along with the ability to see these same features turn up in later craft is among the most powerful evidence of what they accomplished. American soldiers also expelled small farmers from their lands to work in chain gangs on public works projects and transferred the land to plantation owners. However, some of the strongest claims lie in the design qualities of the craft itself and the spread of those features to other pioneers. After Haiti refused to declare war on Germany, Wilson had Haiti's government dissolved and then forced a new, less democratic constitution on Haiti through a sham referendum. The Wrights' flights have what is usually considered to be reasonable proof, including photos and multiple eyewitnesses. American troops in Haiti forced the Haitian legislature to choose the candidate Wilson selected as Haitian president.

(Note that claims earlier than the Wrights are often criticized on similar grounds.). maintained troops in Nicaragua throughout his administration and used them to select the president of Nicaragua and then to force Nicaragua to pass the Bryan-Chamorro Treaty. Several claims are actually after the Wrights, and lay claim by discounting the Wrights' attempt either on the basis of its authenticity (that it's valid enough), on some technical basis of the flyer in relation to the technical details to the title, or sometimes both. The U.S. Numerous claims before the Wrights aspire to the title of being the first powered, controlled, and self-sustaining flight (or minor variations of this classification). Between 1914 and 1918 the United States invaded or intervened in Latin America many times, particularly in Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, and Panama. Lighter-than-air balloons, dirigibles, airships had been taking people into the sky for much of the 18th century before the Wrights, and several people had been working on heavier-than-air flying machines as well. Additionally, Wilson supported the American Protective League, a private pro-war organization notorious for its flagrant violations of American civil liberties.

See First flying machine. Debs arrested for attributing World War I to financial interests and criticizing the Espionage Act. There are many claims of earlier flights made by other flying machines in various categories and qualifications. Wilson had the socialist leader and Presidential candidate Eugene V. The Flyer I is now on display in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.. He also set up the United States Committee on Public Information, headed by George Creel (thus its popular name, Creel Committee), which filled the country with anti-German propaganda and, during the first Red Scare, ordered the Palmer Raids against leftists. Neither brother married. Wilson pushed the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918 through Congress to suppress socialist, anti-British, pro-Irish, pro-German, or anti-war opinions.

Orville sold his interests in the airplane company in 1915 and died thirty-three years later from a heart attack while fixing the doorbell to his home, Hawthorne Hill, in Oakwood, Ohio. When Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare and made a clumsy attempt to get Mexico on its side in the Zimmerman Note, Wilson took America into the Great War as an "associated belligerent.". Wilbur died from typhoid fever in 1912, an event Orville never completely recovered from. He offered to be a mediator, but neither the Allies nor the Central Powers took his requests seriously. The Wrights were involved in several patent battles, which they won in 1914. Wilson spent 1914, 1915, 1916, and the beginning of 1917 trying to keep America out of the War in Europe. The Wrights took over 300 photographs of flights and many other events of those pioneer days of aviation. Debs in 1912.

For the return trip, however, the Wright Flyer was loaded on a train the night of the world record flight, and Parmalee returned to Dayton on the same Big Four Express train that he overtook in the air the day before. Wilson was able to narrowly win reelection in 1916 by picking up many votes that had gone with Roosevelt and Eugene V. In addition to carrying the first air-freight, Parmalee's speed of 60 miles an hour (97 km/h) set a world record for in-flight speed. (To End All Wars, 90–92). The 62 mile (100 km) flight took 62 minutes, with Parmalee overtaking the Big Four express train in London, Ohio. To prepare for the possibility of entering the war, Wilson expanded the army and navy with an estate tax and tax on high incomes. The actual flight occurred on November 7, 1910, with the Model "B" Wright Flyer piloted by Phil Parmalee. The Farm Loan Act immediately lowered interest rates and farmers hailed it as "the Magna Carta of American farm finance." Wilson aggressively and successfully lobbied on Capitol Hill for the Keating-Owen Act, which banned child labor, the Kern-McGillicuddy Act, which set up a workmen's compensation system, and the Adamson Act, which improved conditions and wages for railroad workers.

Moorehouse, in turn, agreed to pay the Wrights $5,000 for the service, which was more an exercise in advertising than a simple delivery. Wilson signed the Federal Farm Loan Act, which lowered interest rates for farmers. The Wright brothers agreed to the proposal, adding that their pilot and airplane would put on an exhibition once the cargo was delivered to the Driving Park landing area on the east side of Columbus. In the last year of his first term Wilson assembled an impressive record of legislation, borrowing much from Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 platform. Moorehouse, owner of Moorehouse-Marten's Department store in Columbus, asked if the Wright Brothers could carry a shipment of silk ribbon from a wholesaler in Dayton to Columbus. The film in turn was one of the main factors that led, in the same year, to the reorganization (at Stone Mountain, Georgia) of the Ku Klux Klan, which had been dormant since it was outlawed in the 1870s. On October 25, 1910, the Wright Brothers were engaged by Max Moorehouse of Columbus, Ohio to undertake the first commercial air cargo shipment. Wilson tried to remain aloof from the controversy, but finally, on April 30, issued a non-denial denial.[3] Wilson's endorsement of the film's factual accuracy carried great weight and added to its popularity.

That year the Wrights were also building Wright Flyers in factories in Dayton and in Germany. Given the film's strong Democratic partisan message and Wilson's documented views on race, it is not unreasonable to interpret the statement as supporting the Klan, and the word "regret" as referring to the film's depiction of Reconstruction. $30,000 of the federal budget was reserved for military aviation. In subsequent correspondence with Griffith, Wilson discussed Griffith's filmmaking enthusiastically, without challenging the accuracy of the quote. Also in 1909, the Wrights won the first US military aviation contract when they built a machine that met the requirements of a two-seater, capable of flights of an hour's duration, at an average of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and land undamaged. Griffith reported to the press that Wilson had exclaimed, "It is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true."[2] The statement was widely reported and immediately controversial. On September 29, 1909, one million New-Yorkers witnessed the extraordinary flight of Wilbur Wright above the Hudson River and around the Statue of Liberty, which solidly established the fame of the Wright Brothers in America. The film was based on a trilogy by Wilson's classmate Thomas Dixon, whose stated goal was "to revolutionize northern sentiment by a presentation of history that would transform every man in my audience into a good Democrat!" Wilson saw the film in a special White House screening on February 18, 1915, and director D.W.

Later, they returned to the United States. Wilson's "History of the American People" is repeatedly quoted in the notoriously racist film The Birth of a Nation, which glorifies the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in resistance to Radical Republican Reconstruction. The French public was thrilled by the feat of Wilbur Wright, and the Wright Brothers were offered the direction of a flying school in the Sarthe département, and later in Pau, southern France, which they accepted. Wilson also regarded those whom he termed "hyphenated Americans" (German-Americans, Irish-Americans, etc.) with suspicion: "Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic whenever he gets ready.". Berg became the first woman to fly when she flew with Wilbur Wright in Le Mans, France. His administration instituted segregation in federal government for the first time since Abraham Lincoln began desegregation in 1863, and required photographs from job applicants to determine their race. (This was the only serious accident the Wrights suffered.) In late 1908, Madame Hart O. Wilson's attitude on racial issues is generally regarded as a stain on his reputation; many argue that he was instrumental in shaping the worst period of racism in American history.

Orville broke a leg and two ribs. President—What will you do for woman suffrage?" Domestically, his measures for reform often met with opposition, although he did succeed in passing a bill instituting the Federal Reserve. Thomas Selfridge became the first person killed in a powered airplane on that day (Charlie Furnas had become the first air passenger on May 14), when a propeller failure caused the crash of the passenger-carrying plane Orville was piloting. Suffrage was only one of the volatile issues Wilson faced during his presidency; until Wilson announced his support for the suffrage amendment, a group of women calling themselves the Silent Sentinels protested in front of the White House, holding banners such as "Mr. Orville Wright followed his brother's success by demonstrating the flyer to the United States Army at Fort Myer, Virginia on September 17, 1908. His actions led to the establishment of the Federal Reserve System and Federal Trade Commission. The Wright Brothers became world famous overnight. Wilson experienced early success by implementing his "New Freedom" pledges of antitrust modification, tariff revision, and reform in banking and currency matters.

Their first public demonstration was held on August 8, 1908, on the racing track of Le Mans, Sarthe département, France, where Wilbur Wright took the command of the Wright Flyer model A and made a series of technically challenging flights, demonstrating to the world his skills as a pilot as well as the potential of his flying machine, far surpassing all other pilot pioneers. It is said that when Wilson arrived in town, he found the streets empty of welcoming crowds and was told that everyone was on Pennsylvania Avenue watching the parade. It is only after they signed a contract with the US Army and a French company that the Wright Brothers accepted to take part in public demonstrations and flying contests. On the day before Wilson's inauguration in March 1913, members of the Congressional Union, later known as the National Women's Party, organized a suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., to siphon attention away from inaugural events. As for Glenn Curtiss, he succeeded with America's first public and official airplane flight on July 4, 1908. William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt split the Republican Party by running against each other, allowing Wilson's victory. It was a very pale performance compared to the 39 kilometers flown by the Wright Brothers the year before, but at the time the October 23, 1906 flight in Paris was thought to be the first flight of an airplane in human history, as people were unaware or doubtful of the previous flights of the Wright Brothers. In the presidential election of 1912, the Democratic Party nominated Wilson[1] as its presidential candidate—even though Champ Clark was widely expected to get the nomination.

On November 12 he flew 220 meters. In 1910, he received an unsolicited nomination for the governorship of New Jersey, which he eagerly accepted. Santos-Dumont received a world triumph after succeeding with the first public take-off, flight, and landing in the history of aviation, flying 60 meters with his Oiseau de proie aircraft during a public demonstration at Bagatelle, on the outskirts of Paris, on October 23, 1906. Through his published commentary on contemporary political matters, Wilson developed a national reputation and, with increasing seriousness, considered a public service career. Thus, ridiculed by the press, the Wright brothers continued their work in semi-obscurity, while other pilot pioneers like Franco-Brazilian pioneer Santos-Dumont or US pioneer Glenn Curtiss were occupying the limelight. Wilson was president of the American Political Science Association from 1910 to 1911. They attempted to sign contracts with the US army, the French army, the English army, and even the German army, but all refused as they had not been shown the flying machine in operation. Opposition from wealthy and powerful alumni further convinced Wilson of the undesirability of exclusiveness and moved him towards a more populist position in his politics.

This was reinforced by the fact that the Wright Brothers, wary of the competition stealing their plans, refused to make public demonstrations of their machines or take part in air shows before signing firm contracts with the military. He believed the system was smothering the intellectual and moral life of the undergraduates. The Paris edition of the Herald Tribune headlined a 1906 article on the Wrights "FLYERS OR LIARS?". When he attempted to curtail the influence of the elitist "social clubs", however, Wilson met with resistance from trustees and potential donors. The news was not widely known outside of Ohio, and was often met with skepticism. He instituted the now common system of core requirements followed by two years of concentration in a selected area. As a result, the first local report of the flights appeared in a beekeeping magazine. The curriculum guidelines he developed during his tenure as president of Princeton proved among the most important innovations in the field of higher education.

When a large contingent of journalists arrived at the field in 1904, for instance, the Wrights were experiencing mechanical difficulties, and were unable to correct them within two days. As president, Wilson began a fund-raising campaign to bolster the university corporation. The press was not sympathetic to the Wright Brothers. In his inaugural address as Princeton's president, Wilson developed these themes, attempting to strike a balance that would please both populists and aristocrats in the audience. Here they completed the first aerial circle and by October 5, 1905 Wilbur set a record of over 39 minutes in the air and 24 1/2 miles (39 km), circling over Huffman Prairie. Wilson was unanimously elected President of Princeton on June 9, 1902. In 1904 and 1905, the Wright Brothers conducted over 105 flights from Huffman Prairie in Dayton, inviting the press and friends and neighbors. (This has become a frequently alluded-to motto of the University, sometimes expanded to "Princeton in the World's Service.") In this famous speech, he outlined his vision of the university in a democratic nation, calling on institutions of higher learning "to illuminate duty by every lesson that can be drawn out of the past".

In 1905, they built an improved aeroplane, the Flyer III. A popular teacher and respected scholar, Wilson delivered an oration at Princeton's sesquicentennial celebration (1896) entitled "Princeton in the Nation's Service". By the end of the year, the Wright Brothers had sustained 105 flights, some of them of 5 minutes, circling over the prairie, which is now part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Wilson served on the faculties of Bryn Mawr College and Wesleyan University before joining the Princeton faculty as professor of jurisprudence and political economy in 1890. The Wrights established a flying field at Huffman Prairie, near Dayton, and continued work in 1904, building the Flyer II and using a catapult take-off system to compensate for the lack of wind in this location. "Eight words," Wilson wrote, "contain the sum of the present degradation of our political parties: No leaders, no principles; no principles, no parties." (Frozen Republic, 145). It had a wingspan of 40 feet (12 m), weighed 750 pounds (340 kg), and sported a 12 horsepower (9 kW), 170 pound (77 kg) engine. Wilson also hoped that the parties could be reorganized along ideological, not geographic, lines.

The Flyer I cost less than a thousand dollars to construct. By the time of his presidency, Wilson merely hoped that presidents could be party leaders in the same way prime ministers were. Only one other newspaper, the Cincinnati Enquirer, printed the story the next day. In his last scholarly work in 1908, Constitutional Government of the United States, Wilson said that the presidency "will be as big as and as influential as the man who occupies it". A local newspaper reported the event, inaccurately. By the time he was president, Wilson had seen vigorous presidencies from William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, and Wilson no longer entertained thoughts of parliamentary government at home. The flights were witnessed by 4 lifesavers and a boy from the village, making it arguably the first public flight. But by the time Wilson finished Congressional Government, Grover Cleveland was president, and Wilson had his faith in the United States government restored.

[1]. In addition to their undemocratic nature, Wilson also believed that the Committee System facilitated corruption. In the fourth flight of the same day, the only flight made that day which was actually controlled, Wilbur Wright flew 279 meters (852 ft) in 59 seconds. Wilson said that the committee system was fundamentally undemocratic, because committee chairs, who ruled by seniority, were responsible to no one except their constituents, even though they determined national policy. The first flight, by Orville, of 39 meters (120 feet) in 12 seconds, was recorded in a famous photograph. These petty barons, some of them not a little powerful, but none of them within reach the full powers of rule, may at will exercise an almost despotic sway within their own shires, and may sometimes threaten to convulse even the realm itself." (ibid, 76). Then on December 17, 1903, the Wrights took to the air, both of them twice. Power, Wilson wrote, "is divided up, as it were, into forty-seven seigniories, in each of which a Standing Committee is the court baron and its chairman lord proprietor.

(The chain used in the engine was a bicycle chain, not surprisingly.). The longest section of Congressional Government is on the United States House of Representatives, where Wilson pours out scorn for the committee system. The engine was superior to manufactured ones, having a low enough weight-to-power ratio to use on an aeroplane. If government behaved badly, Wilson asked,. The propellers had an 80% efficiency rate. He said that the divided power made it impossible for voters to see who was accountable for ill-doing. In 1903, they built the Wright Flyer -- later the Flyer I (today popularly known as the Kitty Hawk), carved propellers and had an engine built by Taylor in their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. Wilson believed that America's intricate system of checks and balances was the cause of the problems in American governance.

By 1903, the Wright Brothers were perhaps the most skilled glider pilots in the world. (Congressional Government, 205). patent number 821,393, "Flying-Machine", on May 23, 1906) for the novel technique of controlling lateral movement and turning by "wing warping". Wilson himself claimed, "I am pointing out facts,—diagnosing, not prescribing, remedies.". On March 23, 1903 they applied for a patent (granted as U.S. Wilson started Congressional Government, his best known political work, as an argument for a parliamentary system, but Wilson was impressed by Grover Cleveland, and Congressional Government emerged as a critical description of America's system, with frequent negative comparisons to Westminster. Their last glider, the Wright Glider of 1902, applied many important innovations in flight, and the brothers made over a thousand flights with it. Writing in the early 1880s in a journal edited by Henry Cabot Lodge, Wilson wrote.

They experimented with gliders at Kitty Hawk from 1900 through 1902, each year constructing a new glider. Before the vigorous presidencies of the turn of the 20th century, Wilson even favored a parliamentary system for the United States. In 1900 they went to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to continue their aeronautical work, choosing Kitty Hawk (specifically a sand dune called Kill Devil Hill) on the advice of a National Weather Service meterologist because of its strong and steady winds and because its remote location afforded the brothers privacy from prying eyes in the highly competitive race to invent a successful heavier-than-air flying machine. Under the influence of Walter Bagehot's The English Constitution, Wilson saw the American Constitution as pre-modern, cumbersome, and open to corruption. The warping was then controlled by wire running through the wings, which led to sticks the flyer held, and he could pull one or the other to make it turn left or right. (Congressional Government, 180). To allow warping in the first gliders, they had to keep the front and rear posts that hold up the glider unbraced. Instead of focusing on individuals in explaining where American politics went wrong, Wilson focused on the American constitutional structure.

If they could control how the gliders' wings warped, then it would make flying much easier. Wilson came of age in the decades after the Civil War, when Congress was supreme—"the gist of all policy is decided by the legislature"—and corruption rampant. To that end, they first made gliders (beginning in 1899), using an intricate system called “wing warping.” If one wing bent one way, it would receive more lift, which would make the plane lift. This led to to the famous European Youth Parliament chant "Who eats babies? Woodrow Wilson!!!". The Wright Brothers were noted for placing the emphasis of their aviation research on navigational control rather than simply lift and propulsion which would make sustained flight practical. A bizarre report from a schoolteacher was later revealed which stated that "Woodrow would be more suitable as some sort of baby-eating monster than a citizen". During their research, the Wrights always worked together, and their contributions to the aeroplane's development are inseparable. McAdoo, the Secretary of the Treasury on May 7, 1914.

Their work and projects with bicycles, gears, bicycle motors, and balance (while riding a bicycle), were critical to their success in creating the mechanical airplane. Sayre on November 25, 1913, and Eleanor married William G. The Wrights had researched and initially relied upon the aeronautical literature of the day, including Lilienthal's tables; but finding that the Smeaton Coefficient (a variable in the formula for lift and the formula for drag) was wrong, had a wind tunnel built by their employee, Charlie Taylor, and tested over two hundred different wing shapes in it, eventually devising their own tables relating air pressure to wing shape. Jessie married Francis B. They developed three-axis control and established principles of control still used today. The three were all unmarried when he entered the White House, but that quickly changed. The brothers extended the technology of flight by emphasizing control of the aircraft (instead of increased power) for taking off into the air. They had three daughters, Margaret in 1886, Jessie in 1887, and Eleanor in 1889.

Drawing on the work of Sir George Cayley, Octave Chanute, Otto Lilienthal and Samuel Pierpont Langley, they began their mechanical aeronautical experimentation in 1899. He proposed to her, and they were married on June 24, 1885 in Savannah, Georgia. They used the occupation to fund their growing interest in flight. She was more receptive. The Wright brothers grew up in Dayton, where they opened a bicycle repair, design and manufacturing company (the Wright Cycle Company) in 1892. Months later, in 1883, he ran into her by chance in a train station. Both received high school educations but no diplomas. He spent several weeks courting her, but she did not respond.

Wilbur Wright was born in Millville, Indiana in 1867, Orville in Dayton, Ohio in 1871. Wilson first met Ellen Axson in a Presbyterian church; she was the daughter of a minister. . Wilson remains the only American president to have earned a doctoral degree. However, their accomplishments have been subject to many counter-claims by some people and nations at their start, and through to the present day. (His carved initials are still visible on the underside of a table in the History Department). The Wright brothers, Orville Wright (August 19, 1871 - January 30, 1948) and Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 - May 30, 1912), are generally credited with the design and construction of the first practical aeroplane, and making the first controllable, powered heavier-than-air flight along with many other aviation milestones. in political science from Johns Hopkins University.

After completing and publishing his dissertation, Congressional Government, in 1886, he received his Ph.D. Afterward, Wilson studied law at the University of Virginia for one year. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternal organization. Wilson attended Davidson College for one year and then transferred to Princeton University, graduating in 1879.

Despite suffering from dyslexia, Wilson taught himself shorthand to compensate for his difficulties and was able to achieve academically through determination and self-discipline, but never quite overcame his dyslexia. 3.). (To End All Wars, p. Wilson would forever recall standing "for a moment at General Lee's side and looking up into his face".

They cared for wounded Confederate soldiers at their church and let their son go out and see Jefferson Davis paraded in handcuffs by the victorious Union Army. Wilson's father and mother were originally from Ohio, but sympathized with the South in the Civil War. Wilson grew up in Augusta, Georgia and always claimed that his earliest memory was of hearing that Abraham Lincoln had been elected and that a war was coming. His ancestry was Scots-Irish going back to Strabane, in modern-day Northern Ireland.

Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Janet Woodrow, making him the last president born in that state. Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia in 1856 to Reverend Dr. . He was the second Democrat to serve two consecutive terms in the White House, the first having been Andrew Jackson, and his terms in office spanned his country's involvement in World War I.

Initially an academician, he served as President of Princeton University and was the 45th state Governor of New Jersey (1911–1913). Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856–February 3, 1924) was the 28th President of the United States (1913–1921). Dr. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.

USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) (An USN SSBN named after President Wilson.). History of the United States (1865–1918). presidential election, 1916. U.S.

presidential election, 1912. U.S. It is one of the most heavily-traveled bridges in the world. Wilson was an early automobile enthusiast and, while president, he took daily rides to calm himself, a hallmark behavior of modern adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge across the Potomac River on the portion of the Capital Beltway which is also Interstate 95 is located in three jurisdictions, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia; more than any other Interstate Highway bridge. Sigmund Freud and William Bullitt's Thomas Woodrow Wilson: A Psychological Study is devastatingly unsympathetic, and was unpublished for 30 years after Freud's death. Herbert Hoover's The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson is extremely sympathetic, and remains the only book written by one ex-President about another one. Wilson has been the subject of books by two particularly noteworthy authors.

The Avenue du President Wilson in Paris, France, is named in honor of Wilson. For the same reason, the central railway station in Prague bears the name "Wilsonovo nádraží" (Wilson station). This was to commemorate President Wilson's support for creating the independent state of Czechoslovakia. President Wilson for a short period of time after World War I.

The city of Bratislava (now capital of Slovakia, Europe) was named "Wilsonovo mesto" (Wilson City) after U.S. This bill was used only for transactions between the Federal Reserve and Treasury. $100,000 bill, issued in 1934. His portrait appeared on the U.S.

Wilson Hall, an administrative building at James Madison University, is named in his honor. Wilson House, an undergraduate dormitory at Johns Hopkins University, is named in his honor. John Hessin Clarke (1916). Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1916).

James Clark McReynolds (1914). Signed Sedition Act of 1918. Signed Espionage Act of 1917. Signed Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916.

Signed Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Signed Revenue Act of 1913.

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