The Wright Brothers Legacy

The Wright Brothers Legacy

Orville and Wilbur Wright and Their Aeroplanes

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
A photographic tribute to the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk features images of the brothers and their aircraft as well as such memorabilia and souvenirs as vintage postcards, posters, stereopticon images, and toys.

Book News
Burton and Findsen have captured the extraordinary nature of the Wright Brothers' achievement in this handsome volume published to accompany an exhibition of the same name to be held at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio in 2003 (and at the Virginia Air & Space Center in 2003-2004). Filled with superb quality reproductions of historic photos, many from Burton's collection, the text chronicles in detail the brothers' development of the airplane and the fame and careers that followed. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
On the 17th of December 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright realized an age-old dream of mankind: to fly. For the first time in history man had achieved the powered, controlled, and sustained flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft. The event was one of those rare, consequential "firsts" that truly change the world.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, this book is an in-depth photographic portrait of their pioneering work in aviation: from their early experiments with gliders to the flight in 1903, from their tours of European and American air shows to their development of a military aircraft, and to the final installation of the Kitty Hawk Flyer at the Smithsonian Institution.
The images in this book are culled from perhaps the largest private collection of Wright Brothers photographs in existence, and supplemented with images in the collections of the Library of Congress and Wright State University. In addition to photographs, there are stereopticon images, vintage postcards, documents, and other memorabilia. This visual trove forms the basis of a touring exhibition originated by the Dayton Art Institute.

& Taylor

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk and timed to coincide with an international exhibition, a photographic tribute features images of the brothers and their aircraft as well as such memorabilia and souvenirs as vintage postcards, posters, steoreopticon images, and toys.

Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2003
ISBN: 9780810942677
Branch Call Number: BIO Wright 2003
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations (some. color) ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Findsen, Owen


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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 12, 2018

This would be a fine coffee-table sized companion to David McCullough’s excellent biography, *The Wright Brothers*. This has hundreds of pictures of the Wrights, their various gliders and early airplanes, the assistants and pilots they trained, their adventures in France when the U.S. government refused to understand that they could build flying machines, and their later lives. Also included are enough pictures of postcards, plaques, souvenirs, even a wonderful two-headed Toby mug, to satisfy collectors of Wright Brothers memorabilia.

Along with the photographs there is a well-written text that contains a lot of information on the Wright Brothers that did not make it into McCullough’s book. For example, there is a lot more on the pilot training they offered and some of the tragic endings to the one year of barnstorming exhibitions they sponsored.


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