Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wright Brothers Day 2008

Wright Brothers Day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Science Fair Project Information
Title: Repeat Wright Brothers Early Experiments With Kites
Subject: Aviation
Grade level: High School / College
Academic Level: Advanced
Project Type: Bulding Type
Cost: Medium
Description: Wright Brothers' first flight experiments began in July 1899 when Wilbur put wing-warping to the test by building and flying a five-foot box kite in the approximate shape of a biplane. When the wings were warped, or twisted, one end would receive more lift and rise, starting a turn in the direction of the lower end. Warping was controlled by four lines attached to the kite. The lines led to two sticks held by the kite flyer, who tilted them in opposite directions to twist the wings and make the kite bank left or right. This web page describes those Wright Brother's early flight experiments with kites - background and building instruction links.

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