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Hard-back some bumps to edges clean and bright inside with dust-jacket scuffed and creased edges and tiny closed tear

The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight
By Fred Culick, Spencer Dunmore

176 pages
Other Information: illustrations, 200photos
Published In: Australia, 01 November 2001

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Intrepid brothers, Orville and Wilbur, took their giant gliders, early prototypes of their ultimate flying machine, down to the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and to the 100-foot sandhill aptly named Kill Devil, and proceeded to discover, by trial and error and remarkable innovative skill, how a plane could be launched into the sky and kept there. At that time the challenge of overcoming weight with power had already been solved. It was the dilemma of how to balance and steer the structure once airborne that continued to confound "students of the flying problem", as Wright put it. The Wrights, often portrayed as unsophisticated bicycle mechanics, were in fact rigorous, self-taught scientists aided by the achievements of other giants of 19th-century aviation, many of whom died in their attempts at flight. Their stories and others come together in this illustrated account of how dogged experimentation, courage and inspired innovation made possible the first manned flight.

Publisher: Hodder Headline Australia
ISBN: 0733613640
EAN: 9780733613647
Dimensions: 25.0 x 25.0 centimetres

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