Monday, December 15, 2003

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This is a replica of one of the Wright Gliders in the Centennial of
Flight Pavillion. The exhibit also contained very interesting displays
about the Wrights, the Outer Banks, and examples of what conditions were
like back then. We have learned that the Wrights dealt with a Category
II hurricane, extreme winds and temperatures, and clouds of mosquitoes
that would block the sun. They called the cold nights "five blanket
nights." These guys had to really want to fly badly. The other thing
that we have learned is that they approached the flight problem very
methodically. They seem to have been among the first to use a project
management approach to solving the problem through experimentation,
design, and testing.