“I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky”
Figuratively, symbolically, and literally, flying has come to mean freedom. And we all know why to say the least. All of us at least one time in our lives have wanted to soar like the birds and glide through the air.
So let’s travel back to the early 1900’s on that very special day, December 17th (probably the best day ever:D).
“For some years, I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life.” Orville and Wilbur Wright were two brothers with big dreams. They aspired to create the flying machine but had failed numerous times. Realizing they would need an engine, they designed their own, and in order to test potential models, they created their own wind tunnel. Their first designs were based off of kite and glider designs as the brothers tried to perfect their pilot skills. From there, the brothers experimented with innumerable models spanning from gliders with no tails and pointed up noses to biplanes.
Finally, on December 17, 1903 the brothers succeeded! On their fourth and last try, Wilbur flew 852 feet in 57 seconds, an amazing feat never been done before. As soon as they could, they sent this telegram to their father: “Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 seconds inform Press home Christmas.”
Thanks to the Wright brothers, traveling has become a normal practice today. They paved the way for our trip to the moon and the connections we can make with those even halfway across the world. I will always remember to persevere, never give up, and to aim for the sky.
In honor of the Wright brothers…
Sentence Pattern 3: With the right qualities–passion, courage, and determination–anything is possible.
Sentence Pattern 4: For the Wright brothers, their discovery was merely an accomplishment of their dreams; for all of us, a new way to experience the world.