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Orville Wright - Dayton Innovation Legacy

If birds can glide for long periods of time, then why can’t I?”   —   Orville Wright

(We tend to give all the credit to the Wright Brothers for the first manned – powered – flight, in 1903, but most of us don’t realize that a little less than a hundred years before Sir George Cayley “flew” the first – unmanned – glider.  By 1849 he had built one that carried a 10 year old boy – distance unknown.  And, by 1853 he had built one that carried an adult employee approximately 900 feet.  Much farther than the Wright Brothers’ 175 feet!  But of course the Wright Brothers plane was powered by a small engine, whereas Cayley’s glider was not.  George died in 1857, but he greatly influenced the Wright Brothers in their designs.  So, I guess we gotta give it up to old George, for man’s initial soaring with the birds.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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