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Wright Brothers' Flying Machine

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine

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In this documentary, NOVA follows modern aviators as they try to reverse-engineer the secrets of the first plane designed by Orville and Wilbur Wright. Though the brothers unlocked the secret of air travel for the world, they were so concerned with patent control that they left few details on how their early planes were actually built and tested. Using archival film footage and photographs, modern engineers try to get inside the Brothers' decision process, from how they came to a certain wing design, to how the managed to harness the wind. The result is a recreated piece of aviation history, which is then tested by modern pilots, offering a harrowing example of the risks the Wright brother's faced on their way to taking flight.


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  • Published: 2003
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: W079814