Wilbur Wright Quotes

“Do not let yourself be forced into doing anything before you are ready.”

“I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then, if possible, add my mite to help on the future worker who will attain final success.”

“I confess that in 90 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years.”

“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.”

“Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.”

“More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.”

“We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.”

“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who… looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space… on the infinite highway of the air.”

“The fact that the great scientist believed in flying machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies.”

“What is chiefly needed is skill rather than machinery.”

“There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings.”

Wright Brothers

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Orville Wright Quotes

“A sudden dart when a little over a hundred feet from the end of the track, or a little over 120 feet from the point at which it rose into the air, ended the flight.”

“When the machine had been fastened with a wire to the track, so that it could not start until released by the operator, and the motor had been run to make sure that it was in condition, we tossed a coin to decide who should have the first trial. Wilbur won.”

“One of the Life Saving men snapped the camera for us, taking a picture just as the machine had reached the end of the track and had risen to a height of about two feet.”

“If birds can glide for long periods of time, then… why can’t I?”

“If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance.”

“In just six weeks from the time the design was started, we had the motor on the block testing its power.”

“In our gliding experiments we had had a number of experiences in which we had landed upon one wing, but the crushing of the wing had absorbed the shock, so that we were not uneasy about the motor in case of a landing of that kind.”

“Isn’t it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them!”

Wilbur Wright Quotes“No data on air propellers was available, but we had always understood that it was not a difficult matter to secure an efficiency of 50% with marine propellers.”

“No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris …[because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping.”

“The ability to do this so quickly was largely due to the enthusiastic and efficient services of Mr. C.E. Taylor, who did all the machine work in our shop for the first as well as the succeeding experimental machines.”

“The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have the time to fall.”

“The course of the flight up and down was exceedingly erratic, partly due to the irregularity of the air, and partly to lack of experience in handling this machine. The control of the front rudder was difficult on account of its being balanced too near the center.”

“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”

“We estimated that we could make one of four cylinders with 4 inch bore and 4 inch stroke, weighing not over two hundred pounds, including all accessories.”

“We laid the track on a smooth stretch of ground about one hundred feet north of the new building.”

“We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate what ever aroused curiosity.”

“We were then satisfied that, with proper lubrication and better adjustments, a little more power could be expected. The completion of the motor according to drawing was, therefore, proceeded with at once.”

“When the motor was completed and tested, we found that it would develop 16 horse power for a few seconds, but that the power rapidly dropped till, at the end of a minute, it was only 12 horse power.”

“With all the knowledge and skill acquired in thousands of flights in the last ten years, I would hardly think today of making my first flight on a strange machine in a twenty-seven mile wind, even if I knew that the machine had already been flown and was safe.”

“With twelve horse power at our command, we considered that we could permit the weight of the machine with operator to rise to 750 or 800 pounds, and still have as much surplus power as we had originally allowed for in the first estimate of 550 pounds.”

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