December 21, 2003 |
Years ago, on a camping trip to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with a group of schoolchildren, I built a model glider of balsa and paper. Its wings spanned 3 feet or so. Across the table from me, another parent busied herself stuffing and mounting a seabird whose carcass had been found on the shore of the nearby Salton Sea. The aim of both activities was to entertain and instruct the children, whose average age was about 6, during the hot midday "down time."
March 19, 2005 |
A concept developed by the Wright brothers may make future airplanes more maneuverable, more fuel efficient and able to carry heavier loads, NASA researchers said Wednesday. In their original flier, the brothers warped the wings to make turns rather than using flaps such as those on modern planes.
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April 19, 1992 |
E. Hamilton Lee, who was flying planes just 13 years after the Wright Brothers took flight at Kitty Hawk, celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday by flying as co-pilot on a DC-3 from Ontario to Van Nuys Airport. "Good, good, good," but "a little rough," said Lee, known in aviation circles as the dean of airline pilots, as he emerged from the plane, his trademark cigar dangling from his mouth. Lee, the first civilian pilot to fly the U.S.
December 7, 1997 |
The late Ambassador M. Larry Lawrence was a college student in March 1945--the same month the Democratic campaign contributor claimed he was on a torpedoed merchant marine ship, the New York Post reported. Citing documents from Wilbur Wright Junior College in Chicago, the Post said Lawrence was taking at least 12 hours of classes per week between January and June 1945. That would contradict the claims that helped gain Lawrence, who died in 1996, burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
October 4, 1989 |
The British government today signed over the state-owned aircraft and guided missile maker Short Brothers to the Canadian group Bombardier. Bombardier, which makes subway rolling stock and small passenger jets, paid $48 million for Shorts. The government gave the Montreal firm $1.25 billion in aid for the privatization takeover.
December 14, 2003 |
It won't be dedicated until today, but a sculpture of the Wright brothers and their Flyer at the start of the first manned, powered flight already has become a magnet for children -- and adults -- who like their history hands-on. Nancey Atkinson looped the strap of her binoculars around Wilbur Wright's neck Saturday, then stood near the wingtip of the airplane being piloted by his brother, Orville, and told a friend with a camera: "Get the guy! I want all of them in there!"