The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
Orville lived to see the airplane transform the world and change people s lives.
He saw the first regular airmail service introduced in 1918, the first nonstop transcontinental flight in 1923, the first round-the-world flight in 1924, the first polar flight in 1926, and the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1927. He witnessed two world wars in which the airplane played a critical role. He saw the earth shrink as the jet engine replaced propellers. He lived to see airplanes that flew faster than the speed of sound, and planes whose wings stretched farther than the distance of his first flight at Kitty Hawk.
There were moments when he looked back wistfully to those long-ago days when flying was still a dream that he shared with his brother. He once said, I got more thrill out of flying before I had ever been in the air at all while lying in bed thinking how exciting it would be to fly. "