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How to Use the Images


Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Photos 1 & 2
Photo 3
Photo 4


Table of

Visual Evidence

Photo 5: Bicycle chain and sprocket used to power propellers on the Wright airplane. [Photo 5] with link to larger version of photo.
(Carillon Historical Park)

Questions for Photo 5

1. Notice the many gears and chains that power the propellers. Do they remind you of anything? How does Photo 5 show that the brothers' experiences with the bicycle played a critical role in developing the first powered flying machine?

2. How is riding a bicycle similar to flying? How did the Wright brothers make this connection? If needed, refer to Reading 3.

3. Why are balance and control key elements in flying airplanes? If needed, refer to Reading 3.

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