Aeroplane: The Wright Brothers by Fred C. Kelly

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We are excited to add this classic biography of the Wright brothers, approved by Orville Wright, to the Knowledge Keepers collection! With 36 photographs and a new epilogue, you’ll enjoy this contemporary story of the invention and progression of human flight.

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When Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew their powered aeroplane for almost 60 seconds, the world was forever changed. Fred C. Kelly tells the story of this incredible pair of inventor brothers in the only biography authorized by Orville Wright, originally published in 1943.

From their modest childhood and curious natures to the printing company and bicycle shops they owned, the Wright brothers shared an amazing thirst for knowledge and dedication that would not allow them to give up on their experiments. With the success of their powered flying machine, they continued to tinker and improve the airplane model they had invented, demonstrate human flight, and eventually went into the business of producing airplanes. They spent years on patent lawsuits and protecting their legacy with the Smithsonian Institution.

This Knowledge Keepers edition of the classic Wright Brothers biography includes 36 photos, both original and new footnotes, and an epilogue. Author Kelly narrates the life and explorations of Orville and Wilbur without getting overly technical; it’s an easy-to-read historical account of one of the greatest inventions of mankind.

This is the 19th book in the Knowledge Keepers series of historic narratives, autobiographies, journals, diaries, and other firsthand accounts of American history. From Columbus to airplanes, we strive to make authentic history affordable for every home library.

Additional information

Weight 17 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1.5 in


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