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First To Fly
How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane

by Peter Busby, Illustrated by David Craig

First To Fly recreates the story of the Wright Brothers, from their earliest challenges to their final triumph. As boys, Wilbur and Orville Wright loved launching their toy helicopter into a make-believe flight. As adults, the brothers made their living taking things apart and putting them together again: printing presses, bicycles, and planes. Original paintings, period photographs and detailed diagrams accompany Busby's inspiring text, giving First To Fly crossover appeal to both children and adults.

From their early days in Dayton, OH to their first flight in Kitty Hawk, NC, the Wright Brothers are proof that hard work and determination can lead to amazing accomplishments. And for Orville and Wilbur, opening the door to aviation was an achievement not only for themselves, but for generations of people across the globe. First To Fly shares their amazing story.

From the book:

"On the morning of December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright stepped out of their shack and looked around them. Ice had formed in puddles between the sand dunes from the heavy rain overnight, but the sky was now clear. The weather was almost perfect--except for the wind. The winds were stiff today--thirty knots. The brothers were cautious men. Any other day they would have waited for calmer conditions, but they had lost enough time already in the two moths they'd spent at Kitty Hawk. There had been problems tuning the engine, making it run smoothly, and cranking up the power, and twice they had had to send the propeller shafts back to Dayton for repairs. Soon it would be winter, the weather would be too harsh, and they'd have to get back home to the bicycle shop. They decided to risk it. Today was the day..."

Beautifully illustrated, this book is a perfect choice for all young students, ages 8 through 13. Perfect for book reports, research or just fascinating reading.

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