We all know the story of how man came to fly after millennia of staring at the stars. It came down to two brothers who didn’t have the most money, or the most scientists, but they had the perseverance to keep trying until they got it ‘wright’.
One of those brothers in particular has had their name enshrined forever because of their contribution to aerospace. Orville Wright was the brains behind the engineering of the first flying machine and had many interesting aspects about his life not generally known.
So let’s take a look at the man whose birthday is celebrated as National Aviation Day, and see what sort of person made one of the biggest impacts on human civilization to date.
Orville and his brother Wilbur loved the outdoors, and spent much of their free time camping and exploring the area around Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It wasn’t always easy though, the two brothers nearly drowned on their first voyage to the narrow strait.
Orville didn’t leave himself much time for dating it seems. Later in life when they were asked by journalists about their intentions to marry, Orville said that Wilbur should marry first, and Wilbur quipped that he didn’t have time for both an airplane and a wife.