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Using illuminating facts and incidents to place the story of this monumental achievement in the history of aeronautics and in the brothers' personal lives, Freedman focuses on the events that led to the first successful flight and on the Wrights' subsequent improvements on their invention. Diagrams and lucid explanations of the principles of flying make the years of tinkering, experimenting, reasoning, and problem-solving even more fascinating. Though Freedman doesn't characterize Wilbur and Orville in depth, he does provide telling glimpses of the two unmarried brothers devoting themselves to working enthusiastically and amiably together (They tinkered and fussed and muttered to themselves from dawn to dusk, reported one observer, ...At no time did I ever hear either of them render a hasty or ill-considered answer...). In Freedman's deceptively relaxed narrative, the facts themselves are disarming: e.g., the local postmaster helped to haul the planes back uphill, and the fire brigade came regularly to stand by. The brothers' own excellent photos, reproduced in a generous size, make an outstanding contribution to both format and authenticity; they're well supplemented with appropriate additional photos. Like Lincoln (Newbery Medal, 1988), this is familiar but retold in a manner so fresh and immediate that reading it is like discovering the material for the first time. - Kirkus Reviews (c) 1991

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He saw the first regular airmail service introduced in 1918, the first nonstop transcontinental flight in 1923, the first round-the-world flight in 1924, the first polar flight in 1926, and the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1927. He witnessed two world wars in which the airplane played a critical role. He saw the earth shrink as the jet engine replaced propellers. He lived to see airplanes that flew faster than the speed of sound, and planes whose wings stretched farther than the distance of his first flight at Kitty Hawk. There were moments when he looked back wistfully to those long-ago days when flying was still a dream that he shared with his brother. He once said, ?I got more thrill out of flying before I had ever been in the air at all ? while lying in bed thinking how exciting it would be to fly.?

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ISBN:
9781441858993
Author:
Freedman, Russell
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Read:
Bliss, Lang
Read:
Bliss, Knighton
Performed by:
Bliss, Knighton
Performed:
Bliss, Knighton
Subject:
General
Subject:
Transportation - Aviation
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Library
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
Compact Disc
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.40x7.10x1.00 in. .61 lbs.
Media Run Time:
123
Age Level:
12-UP

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"Synopsis" by , He saw the first regular airmail service introduced in 1918, the first nonstop transcontinental flight in 1923, the first round-the-world flight in 1924, the first polar flight in 1926, and the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1927. He witnessed two world wars in which the airplane played a critical role. He saw the earth shrink as the jet engine replaced propellers. He lived to see airplanes that flew faster than the speed of sound, and planes whose wings stretched farther than the distance of his first flight at Kitty Hawk. There were moments when he looked back wistfully to those long-ago days when flying was still a dream that he shared with his brother. He once said, ?I got more thrill out of flying before I had ever been in the air at all ? while lying in bed thinking how exciting it would be to fly.?
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