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Famous Quotes of the Wright Brothers

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The Wright brothers Quotes

The Wright brothers at the International Aviation Tournament, Belmont Park, Long Island, N.Y., Oct. 1910

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Orville Wright

  • The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through.
  • If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance.
  • The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall.
  • No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris …[because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping.
  • Isn't it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them!
  • If birds can glide for long periods of time, then… why can't I?
  • We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate what ever aroused curiosity.
  • In our gliding experiments we had had a number of experiences in which we had landed upon one wing, but the crushing of the wing had absorbed the shock, so that we were not uneasy about the motor in case of a landing of that kind.
  • With all the knowledge and skill acquired in thousands of flights in the last ten years, I would hardly think today of making my first flight on a strange machine in a twenty-seven mile wind, even if I knew that the machine had already been flown and was safe.
  • The course of the flight up and down was exceedingly erratic, partly due to the irregularity of the air, and partly to lack of experience in handling this machine. The control of the front rudder was difficult on account of its being balanced too near the center.
  • When the machine had been fastened with a wire to the track, so that it could not start until released by the operator, and the motor had been run to make sure that it was in condition, we tossed a coin to decide who should have the first trial. Wilbur won.
  • With twelve horse power at our command, we considered that we could permit the weight of the machine with operator to rise to 750 or 800 pounds, and still have as much surplus power as we had originally allowed for in the first estimate of 550 pounds.

Wilbur Wright

  • There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings.
  • More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.
  • I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then, if possible, add my mite to help on the future worker who will attain final success.
  • We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.
  • I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years.
  • The fact that the great scientist believed in flying machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies.
  • It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.
  • The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air.
  • Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.
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