The Wright Brothers

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Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville (1871-1948) are 2 siblings known as the Wright Brothers. They were part of a big family of 7 American children, whose parents were Milton and Susan Catherine. In 1889, the brothers started their own newspaper called the West Side News. Their work was divided: Wilbur would edit the paper and Orville would be the publisher. Later on, in 1892, they opened a bike shop, as they really liked it and bikes were becoming popular in the country.

Moreover, they were both very curious and never stopped doing scientific and mechanical research, and they were also interested in aviation. It was when the German aviator Otto Lilienthal died that they decided to experiment with heights and flying. The brothers observed how birds flew in order to design the structure of the wings of their plane. It was in 1903 that they succeeded in flying the first controlled flight, which lasted a bit less than a minute, which was a big achievement for that time. Even though their discovery was amazing, in America they did not pay much attention to them, so they went to France, where they found a much more receptive audience. They became famous and they received orders from all over Europe and even the U.S.

In a nutshell, Wilbur and Orville were the pioneers of aviation.