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The Wright Experience
www.wrightexperience.com
The team of Wright enthusiasts whose attempt to construct a working Wright Flyer NOVA chronicles in the program "Wright Brothers' Flying Machine," offer this Web site, where it is easy to lose track of time amidst scores of photographs, movies, and demonstrations related to the Wrights' planes.


EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk
www.countdowntokittyhawk.com
In honor of the centennial of flight, the Experimental Aircraft Association has produced a cavernous Web site on the Wright brothers, where you will find plans for all the Wrights' planes, archival photographs, an up-to-the-minute list of articles on the Wrights in the press, and more.


AIAA Wright Flyer Project
www.wrightflyer.org
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics recently recreated a working model of the 1903 Wright Flyer. Follow along with their Wright Flyer Project on the Web as they build their plane and test it in a NASA wind tunnel.


U.S. Centennial of Flight
www.centennialofflight.gov/index.cfm
Take a look back at 100 years of flight at the official government Web site on the centennial-of-flight topic. This site provides information on flight-related activities taking place all over the country during the year 2003.


American Experience: The Wright Stuff
www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/wright
This site, produced by the PBS program American Experience, includes audio interviews from aviation experts, historical photos of the Wrights, and an extensive list of links and books.


Smithsonian Education: Stories of the Wrights' Flight
www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/wright/index.html
Pore over an interesting collection of early primary sources on the Wright brothers at this detailed National Air and Space Museum Web site.



Books

The Wright Brothers and The Invention of the Aerial Age
by Tom D. Crouch and Peter L. Jakab. New York: National Geographic, 2003.

To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight
by James Tobin. New York: Free Press, 2003.

The Wright Brothers Legacy: Orville and Wilbur Wright and Their Aeroplanes in Pictures
by Walt Burton and Owen Findsen. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003.

The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright
by Tom Crouch. New York: Norton, 2003 (reissue).

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Wright Brothers' Flying Machine
The Unlikely Inventors

The Unlikely Inventors
Tom Crouch on why the Wright brothers succeeded where so many others failed.

The First Reporter

The First Reporter
Amazingly, initial coverage of the Wrights' earliest flights appeared in a beekeeping journal.

Pilot the 1903 Flyer

Pilot the 1903 Flyer
In this interactive, see how the Wright brothers solved the problem of steering.

Getting Airborne

Getting Airborne
and Wing Designs

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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