1867 - 1912 (45 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.
||Wilbur Wright |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox
||16 Apr 1867
||30 May 1912
||6 Siblings |
||This person is also Wright brothers at Wikipedia |
||10 Jan 2006 |
- Inventor of airplane, and aviation industry pioneer
Probably during the winter of 1885-1886, Wilbur was hit with in the face with a bat while playing an ice-skating game. The injury at first did not seem serious. In the Bishop's words, "In his nineteenth year when playing a game on skates at an artificial lake at the Soldier's Home near Dayton, Ohio, a bat accidentally flew out of the hand of a young man... and struck Wilbur, knocking him down, but not injuring him much. A few weeks later, he began to be affected with nervous palpitations of the heart which precluded the realization of the former idea of his parents, of giving him a course in Yale College." For the next four years, Wilbur remained homebound, suffering perhaps as much from depression as from his vaguely-defined heart disorder. During this period, Wilbur cared for his mother Susan, who was dying from tuberculosis.
During the years 1900, 1901, 1902, and 1903, the two brothers developed the first effective airplane.