Orville-Wright

The Anniversary of First Flight!!!

On December 17, 1903, brother Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the first motor powered aircraft in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  Although the popular mythology has the two bicycle mechanics laboring in obscurity in their bike shop in Ohio, they were racing to achieve the inevitable as teams around the world worked to become the first to achieve flight.  The Wright Flyer was based on a glider from France, the Wrights realizing critically that a vertical rudder was a necessary component.  Of the final flight, Orville said:

Wilbur started the fourth and last flight at just about 12 o'clock. The first few hundred feet were up and down, as before, but by the time three hundred ft had been covered, the machine was under much better control. The course for the next four or five hundred feet had but little undulation. However, when out about eight hundred feet the machine began pitching again, and, in one of its darts downward, struck the ground. The distance over the ground was measured to be 852 feet; the time of the flight was 59 seconds. The frame supporting the front rudder was badly broken, but the main part of the machine was not injured at all. We estimated that the machine could be put in condition for flight again in about a day or two.

With that understated report, the dawn of air travel began.  The Wrights, however, did not call that first machine an airplane.  The French had been using aeroplane since 1866, coined using the Ancient Greek aero- meaning air and the French word planer meaning to soar.  Lord Byron had used ‘air vessel’ as early as 1822 to denote a heavier than air craft, but it took a couple of years in English before airplane was common, generally acknowledged between 1905 and 1907.  The trouble with dating it is that no sooner had the airplane’s rudders touched the sand than misinformation began, followed shortly thereafter by lawsuits and patent claims.  A newspaper article in the New York Herald published in Paris, France summed up the skepticism:  

The Wrights have flown or they have not flown. They possess a machine or they do not possess one. They are in fact either fliers or liars. It is difficult to fly. It’s easy to say, ‘We have flown.’

Five people witnessed the first flight, which covered 852 feet in 59 seconds: Adam Etheridge, John T. Daniels and Will Dough, all of the U.S. government coastal lifesaving crew, businessman W.C. Brinkley; and Johnny Moore, a young boy who lived nearby.  John Daniels took the historic photograph, and history was made.

Wright brothers first to fly? Wrong, Connecticut law says


Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday announced that he signed into law a measure stating that Gustave Whitehead, a German-born aviator and Bridgeport, Conn., resident, flew in 1901, two years before Wilbur and Orville Wright took off from Kitty Hawk, N.C., according to The Associated Press.

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Age is just a number.

No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages
1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.
6) Nadia Comăneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19.
10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
13) Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24
14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France
17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28
18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world
19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest
23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream.“
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and 49 years old when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States
32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “The Hunger Games”
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “The Cat in the Hat”.
40) Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived
41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
42) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out
43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US
44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats
45) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President

The Wright brothers’ first flight took place 112 years ago today. Celebrate with this Alfred Stieglitz photo of another aircraft from the early days of aviation. . 


[Alfred Stieglitz. The Aeroplane. 1910. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Estate of Alfred Stieglitz / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages:

1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.
6) Nadia Comăneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19.
10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
13) Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24
14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France
17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28
18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world
19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest
23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream.“
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and 49 years old when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States
32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “The Hunger Games”
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “The Cat in the Hat”.
40) Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived
41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
42) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out
43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US
44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats
45) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President
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RELEVANT HISTORICAL PEOPLE BY SIGN

Aries: Doris Day, Clyde Barrow, Johann Bach, William Wordsworth, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Lucrezia Borgia, Vincent Van Gogh, Rene Descartes, Harry Houdini,  Thomas Hobbes, Marlon Brando, Francis Ford Coppola, Wilbur Wright, Billie Holiday, Charlie Chaplin, Giovanni Casanova, The Iceman Killer

Taurus: Queen Elizabeth II, Immanuel Kant, William Shakespeare, Malcolm X, John Muir, Vladimir Lenin, Hirohito, Karl Marx, James Buchanan, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Pierre Curie, James Monroe, Salvador Dalí, Maria Theresa, Jack Ruby, Napoleon III, Orson Welles, Harry Truman, Florence Nightingale, Saddam Hussein, Charlotte Brontë

Gemini: Jeffrey Dahmer, Wild Bill Hickok, Marquis de Sade, Pauline Cushman, Alexandra Feodorovna, Walt Whitman, Dante, Anne Frank, Clint Eastwood, Igor Sikorsky, Blaise Pascal, Marilyn Monroe, Morgan Freeman, John Ringling, Paul McCartney, Lord Scott Disick, Lana del Rey, David Berkowitz, Pancho Villa, Judy Garland, Arthur Conan Doyle, Morrissey, Helen Bonham Carter

Cancer: Princess Diana, Gustav Klimt, Harrison Ford, Malala Yousfzai, Nikola Tesla, Gregor Mendel, Bob Marley, George Orwell, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Solange Knowles, Robin Williams, Frida Kahlo, Alan Turing, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ron Kovic, Helen Keller, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Nelson Mandela, Anne Lindbergh, John Quincy Adams, Elizabeth Borden

Leo: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Andy Warhol, Barack Obama, Louis Armstrong, Virginia Dare, Jackie Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, Patrick Swayze, Francis Scott Key, Bill Clinton, Coco Chanel, Mick Jagger, Henry Ford, Lucille Ball, Orville Wright, Benito Mussolini, Clara Bow, Napoleon, Alfred Hitchcock, Fidel Castro, J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth Bathóry, Black Dahlia, Caylee Anthony

Virgo: Greta Garbo, Stephen King, Michael Jackson, Van Morrison, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jesse Owens, Beyoncé Knowles, Tim Burton, Ivan the Terrible, Louis XVI, Rita Dove, Ed Gein, Sophia Loren, Andrea Bocelli, Leo Tolstoy, Freddie Mercury, Pippa Middleton, Paul Walker, Dale Chihuly, Mother Teresa, Gene Simmons, Milton Hershey, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Roald Dahl, Jesse James, Agatha Christie, Amy Winehouse

Libra: Ben E. King, John Krasinski, Bonnie Parker, Scott Fitzgerald, Sting, Ray Charles, William Faulkner, Arthur Miller, Etan Patz, Kubali Khan, Alfred Nobel, Molly Pitcher, Jimmy Carter, Daryl Hall, Jonathan Edwards, Dwight Eisenhower, Johnny Appleseed, Kim Kardashian, Oscar Wilde, Margaret Thatcher, Ed Sullivan, Vladimir Putin, Niel Bohr, Bruce Springsteen, Anne Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesse Jackson, Chuck Berry, Confucius

Scorpio: Lorde, Christopher Columbus, Hillary Clinton, Bruce Jenner, Theodore Roosevelt, Erasmus, Edith Head, Joni Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Bill Gates, John Adams, Carl Sagan, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Charles Manson, Abigail Adams, Leon Trotsky, Jonas Salk

Sagittarius: Jim Morrison, Walt Disney, Mark Twain, Nero, Judd Nelson, Ludwig van Beethoven, Winston Churchill, Jane Fonda, Wassily Kandinsky, Louisa May Alcott, Pope Francis, Bill Nye, Emily Dickinson, Steven Spielberg, Joseph Stalin, Mary Todd Lincoln, C.S. Lincoln, Mary Walker, Jane Austen, Tyra Banks, Ted Bundy, Charles Ringling, Ada Lovelace

Capricorn: Kate Middleton, Paul Revere, Al Capone, Louis Pasteur, Muhammad Ali, J.D. Salinger, Elvis Presley, Alice Paul, Odetta, Richard Nixon, Edgar Allen Poe, Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Paul Cezanne, Cary Grant, Betty White, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, Mao Tse-tung, Marilyn Manson

Aquarius: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Maria von Trapp, Nicolas Sarkozy, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Wolfgang Mozart, Rosa Parks, Jackson Pollock, Bessie Coleman, Francis Bacon, Billie Joe Armstrong, Charles Dickens, Thomas Paine, Thomas More, Buzz Aldrin, Eddie Van Halen, Ronald Reagan, Bono, Ellen Degeneres, Paul Newman, Galileo, James Dean

Pisces: Mikhail Gorbachev, Jenna Fischer, Linus Pauling, Dr. Seuss, Chief Joseph, Neville Chamberlain, George Washington, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, Marjorie Merriweather, Levi Strauss, Alexander McQueen, Steve Jobs, Jon Bon Jovi, Kurt Cobain, Nicolaus Copernicus, Elizabeth Taylor, Pierre Auguste-Renoir

No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old…

No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want.

Here’s a short list of people who accomplished & (against the odds) great things at different ages…

1) Helen Keller At the age of 19 months Helen became deaf & blind. But that didn’t stop her.She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard & violin, he composed from the age of 5
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes”
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13 years
6) Nadia Comăneci At age 14, gymnast of Romania scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama November 1950, at the age of 15
8) Pele soccer superstar was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil
9) Elvis was a Superstar by age 19
10) John Lennon was 20 years & Paul Mcartney 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in1961
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936
12) Beethoven was a Piano virtuoso by age 23
13) Issac Newton at 24 wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
14) Roger Bannister was 25 When he broke the 4 minute mile record
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
16) Lance E Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France
17) Michelangelo created the two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28
18) Alexander the Great by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world
19) J.K.Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript for Harry Potter
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman 2 fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest (highest Mountain in the world
23) Martin Luther King jr was 34 When he did the speech “I have a dream”
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated 4 Nobel Prize in Physics 1903
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (was 32 ) & Wilbur (was 36) when they invented & built the world’s first successful airplane & making the first controlled, powered & sustained heavier-than-air human flight
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died & virtually unknown yet his paintings today are worth millions
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and 49 years old for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused 2 obey bus driver’s order 2 give up her seat 2 make room for a white passenger.
31) John F. Kennedy was 43years when he became President of the United States
32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “ The Hunger Games”
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “the cat in the hat”
40) Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549, in the Hudson River in, 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived.
41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
42) J R R Tolkien was 62 when the lord of the ring books came out
43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the United States
44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats
45) Nelson Mandela was 76 When he Became President

Flight of the Wright Brothers, 1903

Photograph of John T. Daniels

A camera was present at Kitty Hawk during the historic day of 1903, when Orville and Wilbur Wright Flyer first arrived in heaven. Who took the photo was John T. Daniels, who had come from the Coast Guard station to observe the efforts of the Wright brothers, whom John called “a couple of crazy”. The first flight rose to 37 meters and lasted 12 seconds.