In our world, we take a lot of things for granted. We live in a world where no one, well not many anyways, remember today in History and what it stood for, but we are all psyched and standing outside in queues waiting for Star Wars to open. Funny huh? I love Star Wars BTW. So why is today so important? It’s the birthday of Flight.
Today, December 17, 2015 is 112 years since Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903.
This is pretty epic, at my calculation, only my great grandparents were alive then (late 1800s birthdates I think) and my grandparents were not even thoughts as yet. Who knows they may not have even met each other as yet.
Today, 112 years later, we take things for granted. We have the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 as the latest large commercial aircraft for which we are all proud. But it all started with the Wright Flyer making a 12 second flight at 10:35a doing 6.8 mph.
This was actually the second attempt as the first one well, it crashed. But they did not give up, they repaired it and tried again. A simple lesson; never give up!
Since Wilbur had tried first, it was time for Orville to take a crack at it and it flew! Congrats gents and thank you for pioneering flight for the rest of us.
Orville has a quote that is quite a fun read:
It wasn’t until May 14, 1908 though that the world had its first passenger flight in Kitty Hawk, NC when Wilbur and his mechanic Charles took a two miles flight. By then my grandmother on my father’s side was born; she was one at the time. Neither her nor her husband ever flew in an airplane; at least not that I know of. As a matter of fact, now that I think of it, I may have been the first one in my family to fly in an airplane… and that did not happen until 1974.
What’s your take?
You can read more about the Wright Brothers. Happy Birthday Flight!