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Orville Wright: Famous and Inventive

by Josiah Durand (10)
(Chile)

Orville Wright was intensely curious. During his youth his father, who was a minister, once bought him and his brother Wilbur a toy helicopter. Excitedly they studied and tried to copy it. Orville and Wilbur were fascinated by flight. Because Orville loved reading his father's Encyclopedia he could find many answers to his questions. Orville rapidly learned from his curiosity as he grew up.

Thoughtfully Orville put his knowledge into practical use. He helped his bother make a wood-turning lathe, which could carve wood faster than by hand. Later with a printing press, they were able to publish and sell their own newspaper. Since Orville and Wilbur knew how to repair and improve bicycles they opened their own bicycle shop. Because Orville put his knowledge to use he surprisingly accomplished great things.

Since Orville had new ideas, people call him inventive. Wilbur and Orville Wright are two of the most well-known inventors. First they built box kites, then large gliders, followed by gliders with an engine, called airplanes. Next they made wind tunnels, from which they took accurate measurements to figure out whether to use curved or straight wings for their airplanes and gliders. Finally on December 17, 1903, Orville became the first man to actually fly under power. After a few months they improved their airplane because the famous and inventive Orville Wright had new ideas to construct an even better airplane.

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by: Anonymous

I enjoyed reading about Orville Wright. My husband has been to the Wright Museum and was impressed by the wind tunnel. The title is very good. I didn't know the brothers made a wood turning lathe!

Kathy Goldner

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