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The Flyers - In Search of Wilbur & Orville Wright

Noah Adams

"It takes only nineteen seconds to walk the distance of the first powered flight. But when I was there the wind was up and cold on my face, and I felt as if I'd entered the black-and-white photograph I'd been seeing all my life. The sand is light gray, there's a spill of surf in the distance. Wilbur, running at the right of the plane, and Orville, the pilot, are in dark suits. The propellers blur against the sky as the machine rises. . . ." So begins Noah Adams's adventure in search of Wilbur and Orville Wright, a journey that takes him across the country as he follows in the footsteps of the famous brothers in an attempt to know them more deeply, not just as inventors and pilots but as individuals as well. Adams, one of our most distinctive and talented storytellers, traveled thousands of miles and interviewed scores of experts and individuals to piece together his story. He finds a local boat captain to ferry him to Kitty Hawk, along the same route that Wilbur took in 1900, and spends several days talking with descendants of the families who first welcomed the Wright brothers a century ago and helped them conduct their gliding experiments. To experience first-hand the thrill of being in the air, Adams himself goes hang-gliding in the Outer Banks. To understand the aerodynamics of lift and drag and how the famous 1903 plane was constructed, he visits Ken Hyde, a Virginia pilot and vintage aircraft builder who is creating the world's most accurate reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer. Adams goes to the prop shop and handles the tools and materials that the Wrights used to build their gliders and planes, and later he visits the wind tunnel at Langley Air Force Base where Hyde's reproduction was tested for the first time. He also travels to France to visit the old racetrack at Le Mans where Wilbur startled the European aviation community with his demonstration flights in 1908, and he spends a few days at Wisconsin's Oshkosh Fly-in, where builders of experimental aircraft and owners of vintage planes gather eve

"It takes only nineteen seconds to walk the distance of the first powered flight. But when I was there the wind was up and cold on my face, and I felt as if I'd entered the black-and-white photograph I'd been seeing all my life. The sand is light gray, there's a spill of surf in the distance. Wilbur, running at the right of the plane, and Orville, the pilot, are in dark suits. The propellers blur against the sky as the machine rises. . . ." So begins Noah Adams's adventure in search of Wilbur and Orville Wright, a journey that takes him across the country as he follows in the footsteps of the famous brothers in an attempt to know them more deeply, not just as inventors and pilots but as individuals as well. Adams, one of our most distinctive and talented storytellers, traveled thousands of miles and interviewed scores of experts and individuals to piece together his story. He finds a local boat captain to ferry him to Kitty Hawk, along the same route that Wilbur took in 1900, and spends several days talking with descendants of the families who first welcomed the Wright brothers a century ago and helped them conduct their gliding experiments. To experience first-hand the thrill of being in the air, Adams himself goes hang-gliding in the Outer Banks. To understand the aerodynamics of lift and drag and how the famous 1903 plane was constructed, he visits Ken Hyde, a Virginia pilot and vintage aircraft builder who is creating the world's most accurate reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer. Adams goes to the prop shop and handles the tools and materials that the Wrights used to build their gliders and planes, and later he visits the wind tunnel at Langley Air Force Base where Hyde's reproduction was tested for the first time. He also travels to France to visit the old racetrack at Le Mans where Wilbur startled the European aviation community with his demonstration flights in 1908, and he spends a few days at Wisconsin's Oshkosh Fly-in, where builders of experimental aircraft and owners of vintage planes gather eve
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"It takes only nineteen seconds to walk the distance of the first powered flight. But when I was there the wind was up and cold on my face, and I felt as if I'd entered the black-and-white photograph I'd been seeing all my life. The sand is light gray, there's a spill of surf in the distance. Wilbur, running at the right of the plane, and Orville, the pilot, are in dark suits. The propellers blur against the sky as the machine rises. . . ." So begins Noah Adams's adventure in search of Wilbur and Orville Wright, a journey that takes him across the country as he follows in the footsteps of the famous brothers in an attempt to know them more deeply, not just as inventors and pilots but as individuals as well. Adams, one of our most distinctive and talented storytellers, traveled thousands of miles and interviewed scores of experts and individuals to piece together his story. He finds a local boat captain to ferry him to Kitty Hawk, along the same route that Wilbur took in 1900, and spends several days talking with descendants of the families who first welcomed the Wright brothers a century ago and helped them conduct their gliding experiments. To experience first-hand the thrill of being in the air, Adams himself goes hang-gliding in the Outer Banks. To understand the aerodynamics of lift and drag and how the famous 1903 plane was constructed, he visits Ken Hyde, a Virginia pilot and vintage aircraft builder who is creating the world's most accurate reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer. Adams goes to the prop shop and handles the tools and materials that the Wrights used to build their gliders and planes, and later he visits the wind tunnel at Langley Air Force Base where Hyde's reproduction was tested for the first time. He also travels to France to visit the old racetrack at Le Mans where Wilbur startled the European aviation community with his demonstration flights in 1908, and he spends a few days at Wisconsin's Oshkosh Fly-in, where builders of experimental aircraft and owners of vintage planes gather eve

Language:

English

Length:

5h 4m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:00


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:24


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:40