Thursday, July 23, 2009

THE SOON TO GET IT WRIGHT BROTHERS

It is  well known fact that the Wright Brothers had A bicycle shop. What is not as well known, however, is their first attempt at flight was on a bicycle. The above photo documents that failed try. They were able to achieve lift-off if only for an instant. The craft came to land on a fence post not far from their shop where it remains to this day.  Across the street was a pub and the patrons were laughing hysterically at the brothers, one even suggested they attach wings to the bike as to not scare the birds. The brothers looked at each other and shouted, "Eureka. They hurried back to their shop and, as they say, the rest is history. And now you know the rest of The SKYWATCH history of little known facts.

44 comments:

  1. It looks pretty cool against the beautiful blue sky. It looks like the trees are holding it up.

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  2. Very unique cycle. Like a rider in the sky but without the rider:D

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  3. I didn't know this. Very interesting. And great sky photo!

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  4. You know what they say, if at first you don't succeed...glad the Wright brothers didn't give up. Great sky watch shot and nice story.

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  5. Never heard that story--fun. Nice shot, too.

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  6. Yes, I have never heard that the history of plane started from a failed flying bicycle by the Wright Brothers. Should I say, I did not read enough. :. I missed this part of visiting the site when I was in Raleigh.

    This is great reminder of how the modern jumbo jets cruising the sky every Friday got its humble beginning.

    Sometimes in life, someone's ridicule is just the right recipe to propel one's wings to the sky of prosperity called Success.

    "Great things from a small thing comes indeed."

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  7. I love this kind of history, and it's fun to know people keep it alive in this way. Thanks for the story.

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  8. I have to say a great post! Nice to see something different. Now that's also a fine header picture too..you live across the street don't you! Ha..cheers-

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  9. Very nice tribute to the brothers. Never knew this history of how it all started. Great

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  10. I think that the cycles on the Tour are the REAL flying bicycles. Since I've been keenly interested in cycling during this year's tour, I had to smile when I say your photo on the portal. Great picture with a wondeful story!

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  11. Interesting story. Even more interesting is your photo of the bike.

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  12. Bonjour dear friend !
    wow magnificent blue sky! Your choice for this day is absolutely gorgeous!
    Great story, I enjoyed it a lot!
    :)
    Léia

    Bonjour Luxembourg

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  13. Well--Dang!! It is always good to have an education.
    Cool shot too. MB

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  14. The truth at last! I guess that the name of that pub was Kitty Hawk...

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  15. that indeed was fun info and a lovely picture!

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  16. Full tidbit from history to add to our sky watch friday party and interesting way to frame up the sky.

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  17. And it's still there? ...that's amazing! ;-)

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  18. The bike is amazing and so is the fact they have tried to fly using it!!!

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  19. OK that is just a hilarious post! I love it. Nice SkyWatch picture too!

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  20. Love the story behind the history!
    Great photo!!!
    All the best, Maria

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  21. I guess people will try anything!

    Happy Friday!!

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  22. Great SkyWatch! I love it when I learn a little something or get the back story on a photo. It's so much more interesting.

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  23. You are quite creative. Maybe you should write short fictional stories and use your photos to illustrate them.

    Love the photo.

    Shame on you, fooling all these nice people! ;-)

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  24. No wonder there's a bar at every airport.. flight was born from a drunken heckle!

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  25. The bike is unique and amazing..love it
    Happy skywatching!

    ♥Ita
    p.s. Pls stop by at Something To Share anytime, I just love company.

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  26. Fun facts...and a nice shot against the blue sky...

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  27. Hmm, trying again today to leave a comment. I love that blue Florida sky! Fun and interesting post!

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  28. At first I thought you were serious, till I got to the part that said, "...on a fencepost...where it remains to this day." Then I began to smile in my head.

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  29. oh that was fun, and such a nice shot :)

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  30. I don't think I heard that one before. I have seen the Wright Cycle shop and their first planes though.Now, you and your friends can help me Make History. I am trying to see if it is possible to get 10,000 visitors in a short period of time on my new blog, Pick a Peck of Pixels. If you go there, please either become a Follower or leave a comment. You can come back each day to see and read something new. Your visit will count and help me Make History.
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  31. I didn't know that part of the story about the bike, but I did know they had tried before to fly.

    Looks good against the blue sky.

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  32. It takes some skill and activity to mount that bicycle at all. Nice find!
    Happy Skywatch Friday!

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  33. I sometimes take to the air on my bike, too - not on purpose, though! Interesting fact.

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  34. Now that's a fascinating story and a fine shot! What do you know! I learned something today. ;-)

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  35. Come fly with me, I mean ride, or is it fly? Lovely shot.

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  36. Lucky they tried a different way to fly

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  37. Good one. I for one am glad they got it wright.

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  38. hee hee hee hee
    And next you'll tell us "And dat's a fak, Jack!"

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