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The Wright Brothers

First in Flight

Katie Klimczak

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers and Alexander Graham Bell This is a picture of the Wright Brothers with Alexander Graham Bell. I would use this picture to introduce this unit on the Wright Brothers by first talking about inventions and famous inventors, like Alexander Graham Bell. This is a picture of the 3 men and the secretary of the Smithsonian Institute in 1910. "Smithsonian Secretary Charles D. Walcott, Wilbur Wright, Alexander Graham Bell,
and Orville Wright Outside the Smithsonian, February 10, 1910" from the Smithsonian Scrapbook Archives online Letter written by Wilbur Wright to the Smithsonian Institute. Dated May 30, 1989. From the collection of the Smithsonian Scrapbooks Archives online. This is a letter written by Wilbur Wright to the Smithsonian Institute requesting more documentation and information on aviation. In the letter, Wilbur talks about his "disease" of wanting to fly, and how he thinks man is capable of doing it. I would use this to introduce the Wright Brothers as seemingly likable guys to get the kids interested. This letter also highlights their passion for aviation, which is an important lesson in teaching about people's dreams or goals.
Letter from Wilbur to Smithsonian 1900 Glider "The 1900 Glider." From the Wright Brothers Online Museum of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
This is a picture of the Wright Brothers' first glider in 1900. For this picture, I would introduce different elements that the Wright Brothers focused on in building this model. I would then introduce elements of lift, drag, and center of pressure. The Wrights borrowed this French-made, hand-held anemometer from Octave Chanute and used it to measure wind speeds during their flight tests at Kitty Hawk. I would try to get a similar version of this and also a modern day version and have the kids go outside and measure the wind-speed for a week straight and record it.
Richard Anemometer "Richard Anemometer." From the Wright Brothers Online Museum of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
"The 1903 Flyer." From the Wright Brothers Online Museum of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The 1903 Flyer This is one of two pictures ever taken of the Wright Brothers actually in flight. I would use this picture to introduce the Wright Brothers' triumphs after many attempts to create this machine. I would also talk briefly about the propulsion system.
Music of the Age of Aviation "music." Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2010. This is an interactive activity in which students can listen to music of the time, and explore how the era of aviation impacted the world in so many ways, including music. <http://www.nasm.si.edu/wrightbrothers/music/music_content.html>. This 1910 illustration, appearing in the French magazine Le Sourire, depicts the imagined aerial world of the future with the departure of a transatlantic aircraft. I would use this comic to ask the students how they think the Wright Brothers and the era of aviation changed the world. "Le Depart d'un Transatlantique." From Le Sourire. 1910.
Cartoon from France Quote from Orville “I don’t have any regrets about my part in the invention of the airplane, though no one could deplore more than I do the destruction it has caused. I feel about the airplane much as I do in regard to fire. That is, I regret all the terrible damage caused by fire. But I think it is good for the human race that someone discovered how to start fires and that it is possible to put fire to thousands of important uses.” --Orville Wright, the Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright

I found this quote from the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space and I thought it was so interesting. I thought we could talk about how the Wright Brothers felt about inventing flight, and maybe have an open discussion about the positives and negative of airplanes. I thought this would be a great concluding point.
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