Orville Wright

8/19/1871 - 1/30/1948 

Inducted 1995


Orville Wright was one of a pair of Dayton brothers who taught the world to fly. After dropping out of school in 1889 he started a printing business by building a press with his brother Wilbur. The Wrights became intrigued with the bicycle, and eventually opened a bicycle repair shop and showroom. Soon they began working on an improved bicycle design. In 1896 Orville Wright came down with typhoid and while reading to pass the time during Orville’s recuperation, the brothers became interested in gliders and flight. They quickly read all the information available. Of the three components required for human flight; lift, locomotion and control, Orville Wright’s interests focused on the development of the engine that would power the aircraft. Working with Charlie Taylor, he built an engine in their shop. On December 17, 1903 Orville Wright was the first man to fly with a flight of 120 feet in 12 seconds.

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