Most books about great events either begin at the very beginning – way back when it all kicked off – or right at the moment itself. Not so with The Story of the Flight at Kitty Hawk, which begins at the Wright Brothers’ last failed flight attempt before the actual glorious flight itself. Then, instead of beginning a complete history of the Wright brothers, it launches into a short history of the modern quest for a flying machine before briefly relating the Wright’s interest in flight. And then it tells the story of the day history was made.
The humorous story is told of the brothers and how they ‘pored over drawings and argued till dawn. “No one brother really won these arguments. As Orville once wrote, “Often, after an hour or so of heated argument, we would often discover that we were as far from agreement as when we started, but that each of us had changed to the other’s position.” [pg. 20]
This story made me realize just how significant a feat the brothers had pulled off, not just by achieving flight, but by working together as brothers without falling into a million pieces.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret