The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

by Russell Freedman
Photographed by Orville Wright, Wilbur and Orville Wright

Holiday House Inc | January 1, 1991 | Trade Paperback

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The first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight, and the men behind it. A Newbery honor Book.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 1, 1991

Publisher: Holiday House Inc

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 082341082X

ISBN - 13: 9780823410828

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

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The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

by Russell Freedman
Photographed by Orville Wright, Wilbur and Orville Wright

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 1, 1991

Publisher: Holiday House Inc

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 082341082X

ISBN - 13: 9780823410828

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The first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight, and the men behind it. A Newbery honor Book.

About the Author

Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books. The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 - January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 - May 30, 1912), were two Americans who are generally credited with inventing and building the world''s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.  In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible. The brothers'' fundamental breakthrough was their invention of "three-axis control", which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on unlocking the secrets of control to conquer "the flying problem", rather than developing more powerful engines as some other experimenters did. Their careful wind
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The story of the first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight, and the men behind it.

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

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