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The Wright Brothers


College Park Aviation Museum
(The website of this Smithsonian Affiliate museum includes online aviation activities for kids.)

NASA’s Re-Living the Wright Way

U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission

The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The Wright Brothers in Photographs Collection
(This databank contains more than a thousand images from the Wright State University collection.)

Books for Teachers

Crouch, Tom D.  The Bishop’s Boys:  A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright.   New York:  Norton, 1989.

Crouch, Tom D., and Peter L. Jakab.  The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age. Washington, D.C.:  National Geographic, 2003.

Jakab, Peter L.  Visions of a Flying Machine:  The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention. Washington, D.C.:  Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990.

Kelly, Fred C., ed.  Miracle at Kitty Hawk:  The Letters of Wilbur and Orville Wright.  New York:  Da Capo Press, 1996.

Wright, Orville.  How We Invented the Airplane. Edited by Fred C. Kelly.  Mineola, N.Y.:  Dover Publications, 1988.

Books for Students

Ages 4–8

Shea, George:  First Flight:  The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers
(I Can Read).  Upper Saddle River, N.J.:  Scott Foresman, 1997.

Woods, Andrew.  Young Orville and Wilbur Wright:  First to Fly (First Start Biographies).  Mahwah, N.J.:  Troll Associates, 1998.

Ages 9–12

Carson, Mary Kay, and Laura D’Argo.  The Wright Brothers for Kids.  Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2003.

Reynolds, Quentin.  The Wright Brothers:  Pioneers of Aviation (Landmark Books).  New York:  Random House, 1978.


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Tom D. Crouch
National Air and Space Museum

Clare Cuddy
National Air and Space Museum

Pam Henson
Smithsonian Archives

Peter L. Jakab
National Air and Space Museum

Peggy Haile McPhillips
Norfolk, Virginia, City Historian


Life-Saving Service, Bishop Wright, telegram:  Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries

Wilbur's diary:  Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

Flyer at the National Air and Space Museum:  Carolyn Russo, National Air and Space Museum

All other images:  National Air and Space Museum Archive 

Newspaper article copyright © The Virginian-Pilot, used with permission

The Wright Flyer

The Wright Flyer

The 1903 Wright Flyer at the moment of takeoff

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