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The Race To Be First To Fly, Virtual Daytime Program

Calendar iconAug 19, 2020 | 07:00pmCredits icon22 creditsLocation iconundefined, undefined, undefined
Celebrate the 149th birthday of Orville Wright (August 19, 1871) with a program illustrated by images and films that draws on rare unpublished sources to present a fascinating study of the nature and realities of cutting-edge innovation. Aviation writer and filmmaker Paul Glenshaw tells the story of the epic race between two highly gifted, motivated, innovative, and courageous engineering teams who ran a neck-and-neck race to be the first to fly in the fall and winter of 1903. One was a pair of brothers—Orville and Wilbur Wright, who were absolute peers. The other team was a mentor (Dr. Samuel Langley, secretary of the Smithsonian) and his brilliant assistant (Charles Matthews Manly). We know who won—but do we know why? This program is part of the Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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