My Library

Limit search to available items
Reviews & More
Book, etc.
Author Tise, Larry E

Title Conquering the sky : the secret flights of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk / Larry E. Tise

Publ Info New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Edition First edition
 RWU Main Library  TL540.W7 T569 2009    AVAILABLE
Descript 256 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents To Old Point Comfort -- Return to the soaring place -- Of swaggerers and scribes -- Mixed messages from Manteo -- The seventh day in May -- Aftermath : the elusive Wrights -- The brothers Wright on separate shores -- The world aloft -- The verdict on secretiveness
Note Despite their great achievements following their first powered flights in 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright still enjoyed virtual anonymity until 1908. In seven crucial days in May of that year, however, the eyes of the world were suddenly cast upon them as they sought lucrative government contracts for their flying technology and then had to prove the capabilities of their machines.In these pivotal moments, the brothers were catapulted into unwanted worldwide fame as the international press discovered and followed their covert flight tests, and reported their every move using rudimentary telegraphs and early forms of photography.From the brothers rise to fame;on the historic Outer Banks, to the quickly expanding role of the world press and the flights repercussions in war and military technology, Tise weaves a fascinating tale of a key turning point in the history of flight
LC subject Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948
Aeronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Aeronautics -- United States -- Biography
Aeronautics -- Flights -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Wright Flyer (Airplane) -- History
Science news -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Trade secrets -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Kitty Hawk (N.C.) -- History
ISBN 9780230614901 (hardcover)
0230614906 (hardcover)