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Orville Wright
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1871
Date of Death: 1948
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Occupation: Journalist, Inventor
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Second Contact
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Wilbur Wright
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1867
Date of Death: 1912
Cause of Death: Typhoid
Occupation: Inventor, Businessman
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Second Contact
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
Type of Appearance: Posthumous (?) reference
The Wright Brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were a pair of American inventors who are generally credited with making the first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight. In the years afterward, they developed their flying machine into the world's first practical fixed-wing aircraft, along with many other aviation milestones.
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The Wright Brothers: Wilbur, right, and Orville, left

Wright Brothers in WorldwarEdit

Although Wilbur was long dead by the time of the Race invasion of Earth, Orville was living in Ohio when it was occupied. He survived the occupation, and died in 1948. Thus, Orville at least saw the logical evolutionary conclusion of the technology he and his brother pioneered, although he did not see America's launch into the space age.[1]

United States Air and Space Force pilot Glen Johnson, a fellow Ohioan, wondered what the Wrights would have made of U.S. rocketry.

Wright Brothers in Southern Victory Edit

The Wright Brothers had their first successful flight in 1904.[2] Their technology was employed by both the U.S. and the C.S., especially in the lead up to the Great War, which began a decade after that first flight. All participants in the war made use of the basic technology of the Wrights.

The US Air Corps was not at the forefront of developing new aviation technology; their British and German counterparts were the most innovative. American aviators such as Jonathan Moss wondered how it was that the nation which had invented the airplane had been unable to maintain its lead in the field of aviation.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Second Contact, p. 74.
  2. American Front, pg. 428, PB.
  3. Ibid.

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