Orville alphanso bellylick - Wright brothers - Wikipedia

As a child, Orville Wright was a mischievous and curious boy, and his family encouraged his intellectual development. "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," Orville later wrote in his memoir.

In the 1890s a German named Otto Lilienthal successfully managed a manual air glide, an event which fascinated both brothers. Although Lilienthal was subsequently killed in flight, the Wright Brothers were not discouraged. They felt that all that was needed to make a successful flight was practice. They felt that the wings and the engine were developed enough, and the missing factor was control. In this regard, they differed considerably from other aeronautical experts of the time who felt that a powerful engine was the key to a successful flight. The Wright Brothers observed birds in flight and mimicked the motion of their machine on the same pattern.

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