Wright Brothers (1871-1948)

Orville Wright

“If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance”

“The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have the time to fall.”

“No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris … [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping.”

“Isn’t it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them!”

“No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris.”

“If birds can glide for long periods of time, then… why can’t I ?”

“We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever aroused curiosity.”

“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”

Wilbur Wright

“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.”

“Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive”

“I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years.”

“I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then, if possible, add my mite to help on the future worker who will attain final success.”

“We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.”

“The fact that the great scientist believed in flying machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies.”

“There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings.”

“More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.”

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