Tuesday, December 17, 2019

On This Date

December 17, 1903: Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, made the first powered heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

And their luggage ended up in Boise.

Seriously, folks, that was only 116 years ago, and within the lifetime of someone born at that time, like my maternal grandmother, we had landed people on the moon.  By that measure, we should be utilizing warp drive to Mars by now.

3 barks and woofs on “On This Date

  1. She was 13 on that day. I wonder how long it took for her to find out about it or if the general population had been alerted. You know, the “boys” kept it all pretty much hidden for fear someone else would get there before them. There’s a terrific book by David McCullough titled “The Wright Brothers” about this amazing break-through and the odd couple from the middle Ohio in the middle of America who devoted years to fulfill the conviction that man could indeed take wings.

      • I read McCullough’s book. Grammie went from the Wright Brothers to flying in a 747; from the telegraph to the internet, and the horse and buggy to Apollo 11. What a lifespan.

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