In the history of mankind, every great achievement and every major discovery has all started off with an idea, a though, a dream. Two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright had a dream to build something that could fly, but most thought it was nothing more than a crazy idea. With the belief that the sky is the limit when it comes to what can come from imagination, they built the first aircraft in history that went airborne. In 1903 they created a manmade craft composed of stick and fabric that accomplished what was thought in those days impossible. They did most of their research in Dayton, Ohio but they tested the plane in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They flew lying face down on the bottom wing, with “the wind in the pilot’s face”. The Wrights’ first flight went 120 feet in only 12 seconds, and from those 12 seconds many other things were made possible. (Chicago Sun Times, July 2003)
These two men, Wilbur who died in 1912, and Orville who died in 1948 (USA, Today) created the dream for others to live out in the future. Some have even tried building an exact replica of the plane the Wright brothers built. (Chicago Sun Times, September 2003) Something that started out as a little experiment has been brought to good use across the world throughout history, between males and females.
The first licensed female pilot was Baroness Raymonde de Laroche who declared, “Flying is the best possible thing for a woman.”(USA Today, 2003) Amelia Earhart was the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the West Coast in 1935. She was also one of the famous known to die in an aircraft incident. (USA Today, 2003) She disappeared on July 2, 1937, as she was flying an equatorial route around the globe. The official U.S. position is that she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ran out of gas and went down in the Pacific. (Los Angeles Times, 2003) Women have had a large part in the time line of flight, but men take a good token of it.