The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough,
The Portland Oregonian, June 10, 2015

In 1899, Wilbur Wright wrote a letter to the Smithsonian Institution (on the stationary of the Cycle Company he and his brother ran), asking for works in print in the English language concerning mechanical and human flight. He had been interested in this "problem," he indicated, ever since he had been a boy.

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