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Orville Wright

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Birthday
19, 1871
Birthplace
Dayton, OH
Death Date
Jan 30, 1948 (76)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
19, 1871
Birthplace
Dayton, OH
Death Date
Jan 30, 1948 (76)

About

Aviation pioneer who, with his brother, Wilbur Wright, invented three-axis control and flew the first successful, albeit brief, "flying machine" in 1903.

Before Fame

He dropped out of high school to pursue a career in the printing business with his brother Wilbur.

Trivia

He and his brother opened a bicycle repair shop in 1892.

Family Life

His parents, Susan Koerner and Milton Wright, raised him with his six siblings. His father once gave him a toy helicopter invented by Alphonse Penaud.

Associated With

One of his friends and classmates in high school was future poet and writer Paul Laurence Dunbar.