Orville Wright Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1871 - 1948 *** Full Name: Orville Wright *** Occupation: Aviation Pioneer *** Date of Birth: Orville Wright was born on August 19th 1871 *** Place of Birth: Orville Wright was born in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Milton Wright and his mother Susan Catherine Koerner. His father was a Bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. His father was of English and Dutch ancestry while his mother was of Swiss and German ancestry *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with six siblings including his brother Wilbur, Reuchlin, Lorin, Katherine and twins Otis and Ida, although the twins died as infants *** Education: Orville Wright attended school but was full of mischief and even managed to get himself expelled at one point. He attended Dayton Central High School ***
Orville Wright Fact 1: Orville Wright was born on August 19th 1871 and during the 19th century period in history when great strides were made in the industrial revolution, the Victoria era was coming to a close and there were vast technological advances being made.
Orville Wright Fact 2: When Orville Wright was a young boy, his father was often travelling for his church and on one occasion upon arriving home he had a gift for his sons, a toy helicopter made of paper and bamboo, cork and a rubber band to twirl the propellers.
Orville Wright Fact 3: Later Orville Wright developed a love for kites also.
Orville Wright Fact 4: During his senior year, never a very studios child, Orville dropped out of school and opened a print store.
Orville Wright Fact 5: As a result of working a summer job in a print store, he began designing his own printing press and before long was producing a weekly newspaper call the West Side News. His brother Wilbur was his editor.
Orville Wright Fact 6: Sadly in 1889, his mother Katherine died, she had suffered for a considerable time with tuberculosis. Katherine, the eldest daughter would step into the breach and look after her siblings. She became especially close to her two brothers, Orville and Wilbur, a bond that would last throughout their lives.
Orville Wright Fact 7: Once Wilbur too had finished school, the brothers decided to expand on another of their shared interests, bicycles. A new design, a safer design had been created and was causing a stir across the country. Orville and Wilbur opened their bicycle shop in 1892 and in 1896 would actually being to manufacture their own designs.
Orville Wright Fact 8: Orville Wright would invent a self-oiling wheel hub incorporated in their design.Orville Wright Fact 15: With no government backing Orville Wright set out for Washington D.C. where in 1909 he was able to demonstrate his plane for the U.S. Army. They had necessitated the fact that the vehicle needed a passenger seat and the design was sold for thirty thousand dollars.
Orville Wright Fact 9: The two brothers’ interest in aeronautics never waned and they were always up to date on recent news of flying events. It was the death of a German aviator, Otto Lilienthal, in a glider accident that convinced the pair that human flight must be possible with the right designs.
Orville Wright Fact 10: They pair moved to Kitty Hawk in North Carolina where it was windier and better for flight tests and they began their work on wings. They first began to observe birds in flight and how they adjusted their wings to control and balance their bodies during flight.
Orville Wright Fact 11: With this insight their first design was like no other before.
Orville Wright Fact 12: It was in December of 1903 that Orville and Wilbur first succeeded in make a free, controlled flight with the use of a power drive airplane.
Orville Wright Fact 13: Four flights took place that day and the longest of which had been fifty nine seconds long and covered a distance of eight hundred and fifty two feet.
Orville Wright Fact 14: The managed to secure a limited amount of funding from the Government but when nothing fruitful came of it they were disinclined to back any further experiments.
Orville Wright Fact 16: This successful was followed across Europe.
Orville Wright Fact 17: Wilbur died of typhoid fever in 1912 and being the brains behind the business they had built, Orville Wright was not interested in the workings of the business so he sold their company in 1915.
Orville Wright Fact 18: Having moved into the big new family home that Wilbur had helped to plan but never saw, in 1917, their father Milton died aged eighty eight years.
Orville Wright Fact 19: During 1918 Orville Wright made his last flight as his own pilot.
Orville Wright Fact 20: Orville Wright died on January 30th 1948 of a heart attack aged seventy six years and some thirty five years after his brother. His body was laid to rest in the family plot at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.
Influence & Legacy: Having been born into an era of horse and buggy, because of their determination and desire the two brothers developed the concept of human flight. They studied birds and put what they say into a design that would carry man across the skies. We live in an age now where air travel is possible all across the globe and is always evolving.