8 things you didn’t know about Orville Wright

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“It naturally wants to go higher and higher.”

That’s how Orville Wright described the first glider tested by him and his older brother Wilbur at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, but in a way, the words encapsulate our innate quest to fly. Humans had stared enviously at birds for centuries, and it would take the Wright Brother another three years to successfully fly and land the first engine-powered airplane in 1903….

Yesterday was the 144th birthday of Orville Wright (and National Aviation Day.) Today we take a deeper look at his personal life, as provided by the historian David McCullough and his 2015 biography of America’s aviation heroes, The Wright Brothers.

Read the article on PBS Newshour.