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.
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.
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..."
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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