The 1901 Wright Glider is a marvel of simple engineering, looking back at it now its general design looks almost self explanatory but simple as it is, it was undoubtably one of the most important engineering advancements in human history.

The full story of how the glider came to be, and how Wilbur and Orville proceeded to create the motorised 1903 Wright Flyer can all be read here. The full article includes many more photographs as well as some of the Wright Brother’s earliest known engineering calculations, it’s an engaging read and comes highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in aircraft.

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1901 Wright Glider flying

1901 Wright Glider flight

1901 Wright Glider

1901 Wright Glider design


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