The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

by Tom D. Crouch

Paperback, 2003




W. W. Norton & Company (2003), 608 pages


An account of how the two inventors were guided by their father, the years leading to the triumph of practical flight, and the death of Orville in 1948.

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LibraryThing member Miro
In this flawless biography of the Wright brothers, Tom Crouch (chairman of the department of aeronautics at the National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution) explains the background, personal and technical factors behind the first successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North
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Carolina on the 17th December 1903.

The original aircraft is in the Smithsonian and says on the label, "By original scientific research, the Wright brothers discovered the principles of human flight as inventors, builders, and fliers they further developed the aeroplane, taught man to fly, and opened the era of aviation." Crouch looks at each of these elements but goes further in showing their persistence, strong family ties and complete integrity. I had the feeling that if any of these pieces was missing it would never have happened. Altogether a great book.

As a very minor point, it would have been useful to have diagrams to help follow the more technical aspects of the design changes.
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LibraryThing member kslade
Excellent account of the Wright Brothers and how they found out about heavier-than-air powered flight.


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