Person:Orville Wright (1)

m. 24 Nov 1859
  1. Reuchlin Wright1861 - 1920
  2. Lorin Wright1862 - 1939
  3. Wilbur Wright1867 - 1912
  4. Ida Wright1870 - 1870
  5. Otis Wright1870 - 1870
  6. Orville Wright1871 - 1948
  7. Katharine Wright1874 - 1929
Facts and Events
Name Orville Wright
Gender Male
Birth[8] 19 Aug 1871 Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States
Death[1][4] 30 Jan 1948 Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States
Burial[4] 2 Feb 1948 Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States
Reference Number? Q494455?

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The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. From 1905 to 1907, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

The brothers' fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving "the flying problem". This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines. Using a small homebuilt wind tunnel, the Wrights also collected more accurate data than any before, enabling them to design and build wings and propellers that were more efficient than any before. Their first U.S. patent, 821,393, did not claim invention of a flying machine, but rather, the invention of a system of aerodynamic control that manipulated a flying machine's surfaces.

They gained the mechanical skills essential for their success by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. Their work with bicycles in particular influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice. From 1900 until their first powered flights in late 1903, they conducted extensive glider tests that also developed their skills as pilots. Their bicycle shop employee Charlie Taylor became an important part of the team, building their first airplane engine in close collaboration with the brothers.

The Wright brothers' status as inventors of the airplane has been subject to counter-claims by various parties. Much controversy persists over the many competing claims of early aviators.

Image Gallery
  1. Wright State University Archives, Wright Brothers Collection.
  2.   Dayton Metro Library, Wright Brothers Collection.
  3.   Woodland Cemetery Database.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wright, Orville. Death Certificate, 31 Jan 1948.

    Ohio Department of Health. Certificate of Death.
    Place of Death: Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio.
    Length of stay: 3 days.
    In this community: 76 years, 4 months, 11 days.
    Full name: Orville Wright
    Sex: male
    Marriage: single
    Birth date: 19 August 1871
    Age: 76 years, 4 months, 11 days
    Usual occupation: Inventor of Airplanes
    Father: Milton Wright
    Father's birthplace: Rushville, Indiana
    Mother's maiden name: Susan Koerner
    Mother's birthplace: Hillsboro, Va.
    Informant's signature: Mrs. Harold S. Miller
    Informant's address: 1820 Ruskin Rd., Dayton, Ohio
    Burial: 2 February 1948
    Place: Woodland Cemetery
    Embalmer: Forrest D. Timmons, Louis P. Boyer, 609 Riverview Ave., Dayton, O.
    Date received local registrar: 2 February 1948
    Usual residence: Harmon & Park Avenues, Oakwood, Montgomery County, Ohio
    Date of death: 30 January 1948
    Hour: 10:40 p.m.
    Physician attended from 10 October 1947 to 30 January 1948
    Cause of death: coronary occusion, duration, 3 days
    due to sclerosis
    due to pulmonary congestion, duration, 3 days
    Signature:  ? illegible, 60 Wyoming St., Dayton, Ohio, signed 31 January 1948

  5.   Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers.
  6.   Wright brothers, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  7.   Orville Wright, in Find A Grave.
  8. Ohio, United States. Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003.

    Name: Orville Wright
    Event Type: Birth
    Event Date: 19 Aug 1871
    Event Place: Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio
    Gender: Female
    Race: W
    Father's Name: Milton Wright
    Mother's Name: Sucan F. Roomer

    Name is on line 8

  9.   Montgomery, Ohio, United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule, Oakwood City, Oakwood Township, ED) 57-48, sheet 16A, family 359, .

    Orville Wright (m) 68 OH Single White
    Last Place of Residence: Same House

    Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
    Orville Wright Head M 68 Ohio
    Carrie Gumbach Servant F 54 Ohio
    Charles Gumbach Servant's husband M 62 Ohio

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