Wednesday, December 17, 2003

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

It is true that Wright Brothers' Flight Principles Still Rule After 100 Years (David McAlary, Voice of America News), but I also agree with Heike Berthold's philosophical statement: "America has abandoned the cultural values that made the Wright brothers' great achievement possible." Here is an excerpt from her article, Grounding the Wright brothers:

"The symbol of flight in America today is no longer the Wright brothers, but Icarus. Where once we venerated the bold exploration of new frontiers, we now condone bureaucrats putting shackles on anyone who seeks to test the untried � to soar too high or succeed too well."

A few days ago, I saw the first episode ("Heroes and Daredevils") of the TV series, Chasing the Sun. It is based on the book, Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation by T. A. Heppenheimer. For more information on "the invention of the aerial age," read Heppenheimer's book, First Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane.

Fly over to The Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company and Museum of Pioneer Aviation.


For more cartoons like this, check out John Cox & Allen Forkum's book, Black & White World.

For great inspirational fuel, go to Quent Cordair Fine Art - Celebrating 100 Years of Flight.

UPDATE 12/30/03: Read Hannes Hacker's article, First-Handed in Flight.