David McCullough Flies Deep into Wright Brothers’ Story

By Alex Elvin – April 30, 2015

On May 30, 1899, Wilbur Wright sat down at a small desk in the house that he shared with his brother, sister and father and wrote one of the most important letters of his life. “Indeed, given all it set in motion, it was one of the most important letters in history,” David McCullough writes in his newest book, The Wright Brothers, to be released Tuesday by Simon and Schuster. In the letter, addressed to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Wilbur noted his lifelong interest in flight and his firm conviction that “human flight is possible and practicable.” He announced his plans to begin a “systematic study” and asked the Smithsonian for any material they had published on the subject, along with a list of related works in print. – MORE –

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