Russel Freedman 

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The Wright Brothers: How they invented the Airplane

FlyingSinger reported:

I dug out my copy of Russel Freedman's book "The Wright Brothers: How they invented the airplane" (Holiday House, 1991). Although there are many other books on the Wright Brothers, this one for "young readers" is my favorite. At 128 pages, Freedman covers all the essentials in clearly written prose, and he includes a generous number of the brothers' own photos, including the famous "first flight" photo shown here (and on the cover).

What impresses me about the Wrights is the combination of inventiveness and persistence that they applied to solving the problems of powered flight. They were pioneers in wind tunnel testing, flight control design, and many other challenging disciplines. They also taught themselves to fly, of course, and then became the first flight instructors. They were too stubborn to give up!

Russell writes of that first day of the age of flight:

"It had happened so quickly. A boy could have thrown a ball as far as the Flyer had flown. But the Wright brothers were elated. Seven years after Otto Lilienthal's fatal crash, four and a half years after Wilbur's letter to the Smithsonian Institution, they had launched a flying machine that could actually fly."

And the rest, as they say, is history. This book is a great telling of a great story.

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