|picture on the wall of the Air and Space Museum|
Robert Goddard - created the world's first rocket. He had over 200 patents - two of them for a multi-stage rocket design and liquid fuel rocket design are the most important inventions of the modern age. It's hard to imagine this man was inspired by a book he read - War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. (do you hear that, kids? He was inspired by a book!!!!) In 1907 he wrote a paper about balancing airplane wings for flight.
|tools from their workshop|
|the plane they flew|
They constructed their airplane in their bicycle shop. They invented a wind tunnel in 1901 to help them create the aircraft that would succeed. It helped them perform the research necessary. When it came time to actually fly their invention, they flipped a coin. Wilbur won the toss and he was airborne for an entire 3 ½ seconds. But it was enough. In 1909 they formed a manufacturing company and created the first aircraft to be sold – the Wright Model B in 1910. In 1915 Orville sold the company. Wilbur had died in 1912.
The first flight of the TAT airlines – Amelia Earhart, Charles and Anne Lindberg flew it together.