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Always try to reach for the sky

December 16, 2010
Mining Journal

It happened tomorrow, Dec. 17, but it happened back in 1903. Dec. 17, 1903 was the day that a couple of bicycle repairmen, Orville and Wilbur Wright, from Dayton, Ohio, prepared to try out a machine they had assembled with which they intended to "slip the surly bonds of earth." They selected Kitty Hawk in North Carolina because of its location, because there was nothing "sticking up" they might run into and because the prevailing winds would help them pull it off - figuratively and literally. Then too, I believe the ground was sandy and would provide a little softer a landing if the "slipping the surly bonds" thing didn't slip too well. They had researched, calculated, tested as best they could and just plain guessed. I understand they flipped a coin to determine which one would climb aboard the contraption and which one would steady the wing. Wilbur flew that first flight. Orville watched.



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