Wright Brothers National Memorial:
Site of the First Controlled Powered Flight--
By studying Wright Brothers National Memorial: Site of the First Controlled Powered Flight students discover why the Wright Brothers chose the Outer Banks of North Carolina to conduct their flight experiments, how they achieved controlled powered flight in 1903, and how their accomplishments have been commemorated. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
The Wright Brothers National Memorial
web pages include information on visiting the park as well as detailed
descriptions and visuals of the Wright brothers' work. Also helpful
are links to several websites on the Wright brothers and aviation history.
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
A cooperative effort between the National Park Service and four partners, this park includes four separate sites: The Wright Cycle Company Complex which includes the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center and Museum, as well as The Wright Cycle Company building; The Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center; The John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center at Carillon Historical Park, which includes the 1905 Wright Flyer III; and The Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial. See the park's website for more information.
Aviation: From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms
This National Register of Historic Places' on-line travel itinerary provides information on more than 100 historic places listed in the National Register associated with history of aviation. Among the numerous sites featured on the itinerary are Wright Brothers National Memorial and Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, as well as other historic sites associated with the Wright brothers. Also included are essays on the Idea of Flight, the Wright Brothers, Aviation Pioneers, Modern Aviation, Air Power, and Space.
National Historic Landmarks
American Aviation Heritage Theme Study
To ensure that this important part of our nation's heritage is preserved and protected the National Park Service and the United States Air Force are partnering to prepare a Theme Study on the history of American aviation to identify the sites, districts, buildings, structures, and landscapes that best illustrate or commemorate key events in the history of American Aviation. Visit this website for more information and to find online copies of National Historic Landmark nominations on properties already identified as relating to this important theme in American history.
National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and space craft in the world. The original 1903 Wright Flyer is among the hundreds of artifacts on display at the museum. The NASM web site features the interactive online exhibit, How Things Fly.
The Wright Brothers: Pioneers in Aviation
Part of the on-line exhibit, Smithsonian Scrapbook: Letters, Diaries, and Photographs From the Smithsonian Archives, this web page includes letters written by the Wright brothers to the Smithsonian Institution.
Library of Congress:
Wright Brothers Negatives
The Library of Congress houses more than 300 glass plate negatives taken mostly by the Wright brothers themselves between 1896 and 1911. This digitized collection provides an excellent pictorial record of the Wright brothers' experiments as well as their personal lives. Search the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog for the Wright Brothers Negatives Collection.
NASA Glenn Research Center
Managed by the Office of Educational Programs at NASA Glenn Research Center, the website Re-Living the Wright Way includes an overview of the Wright brothers' invention process, extensive information and diagrams on the Wright's gliders and Flyers, biographies of Wilbur and Orville Wright, and links to NASA lesson plans and activities.
United States Air Force Museum
The USAF Museum (USAFM) portrays the history and traditions of the United
States Air Force through displays and exhibition of historical items.
website includes a History
Gallery. In the Pre-WWI History Gallery, visit the sections on "Early
Flight Pioneers" and "American Planes and Their Inventors" which provides
information on the Wright brothers as well as Octave Chanute and Samuel
Langley. The History Gallery also includes detailed information on the
use of airpower in World War I through the Cold War.
The Federal Aviation Administration--Aviation Education Outreach
The Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation
Education Outreach website offers several resources for teachers
including a downloadable version of Orville Wright's own account of
the first flight, "How
We Made the First Flight".
Wright State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives
The Wright Brothers Collection
at Wright State University is one of the most complete records of the Wright brothers' lives and work. The website includes digital images that provide extensive coverage of the Wrights' early gliders and flight testing in both North Carolina and Ohio.