We all know that the Wright brothers were aviation pioneers who invented, built and flew the world’s first successful airplane. However, one little-known aspect is that the two genius brothers didn’t like flying together.
And here’s why.
Back when they started experimenting with airplane designs, both Orville and Wilbur had promised their father that they would never fly together. You see, their father had a fear of losing both of them in a plane accident. But it was not just their father’s fear; Orville and Wilbur were also concerned about flying. You see, early flight was quite dangerous so they maintained a policy of avoiding to fly together because they wanted to ensure that, in the event of a fatal crash, at least one of them could continue their work. But there was one exception: (the article continues after the ad)
On May 25, 1910, the brothers shared a six-minute flight near Dayton with Orville piloting the plane and Wilbur being the passenger. In fact, when they landed, Orville took their father on his first and only flight. As they gained elevation, his excited father was shouting, “Higher, Orville, higher!”
The two brothers continued to fly, with Orville’s injuries forcing him to stop in 1918 when he was 46 years old, while Wilbur died in 1912 when he was just 45 years old.