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Wilbur Wright makes 1st public flight, August 8, 1908: via @ednmagazine

Wilbur Wright makes 1st public flight, August 8, 1908: via @ednmagazine

On August 8, 1908, the Wright brothers showed off their flying machine in its first public flight. With Wilber at the controls, the early aircraft took off at a racecourse at Le Mans, France, very specifically on that day. While in France, Wilbur became friends with Léon Bollée, the owner of an automobile factory where he would assemble the flyer and where he would be provided with hired assistance. Madame Bollée was in her final weeks of pregnancy when Wilbur arrived. He promised her that the flight would take place on the day the baby was born and it so did. The Wright brothers, to some contention, are credited with engineering the world's first successful airplane. Unlike the many other flying machine designers of the time who focused on engine power, their focus was on a system of aerodynamic control that manipulated a flying machine's surfaces. Orville and Wilbur’s th...

Full article: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/other/4392006/Wilbur...

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