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The Unlikely Inventors
The Unlikely Inventors The Smithsonian's Tom Crouch explains why the Wright brothers succeeded where so many others failed.

The First Reporter
The First Reporter Amazingly, the first accurate coverage of the Wrights' earliest flights appeared in an obscure journal for beekeepers.


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Pilot the 1903 Flyer
Pilot the 1903 Flyer In this clickable illustration of the first airplane, see how the Wright brothers solved the problem of steering.

Getting Airborne
and Wing Designs

Getting Airborne See how a plane achieves enough lift to take off and how airfoil shapes affect the way a plane flies.

Building Wright Replicas
Building Wright Replicas View a collection of photos taken during the reconstruction of original Wright brothers aircraft.


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