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By Chelsea H.
Canada, Age 12

Orville and Wilbur Wright had two older brothers. Their names were Reuchlin and Lorin. Reuchlin was born in 1861 and died in 1920 and Lorin was born in 1862 and died in 1939, and a younger sister Katharine was born in 1874 and died in 1929. They were the children of Milton Wright born in 1828 and died in 1917 and Susan Catherine (Koerner) Wright born in 1831 and died in 1889. Wilbur Wright was born on a small farm near Millville, Indiana on April 16, 1867. Orville Wright was born at 7 Hawthorn Street in Dayton, Ohio, August 19, 1871. Bishop Wright's jobs led to the family moving frequently, but they kept the house on 7 Hawthorn Street, and returned often.

Orville and Wilbur Wright's historic achievement at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903. They worked independently, as most American heroes have done. Their intense preoccupation with their airplane was fueled not by economic necessity income they already had, from their bicycle business but mostly from their imaginative determination to cross one of the last technological barriers to human flight- stability in the air.

The Wright story did not end on December 17, 1903 with Wilbur's flight of 120 feet on the land of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; thier invention took them to Europe. Their demonstrations of the 'Wright Flying Machine' brought their accomplishment to the World scene. The Chronology captures the excitement of these times in the words of the men and women who experienced them.

Controlled and powered flight had seemed impossible until Orville Wright took off of the runway on the 17th of December in 1903. The key to the Wright Brother's success was that their engineering had gone beyond the trial and error methods of their contemporaries. With only very few resources to find their information they showed great scientific ingenuity.