Flying Part One

Orville Wright is at the controls of the Flyer as his brother, Wilbur, stands nearby during the plane's first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., Dec. 17, 1903. (AP Photo/John T. Daniels)

Orville Wright is at the controls of the Flyer as his brother, Wilbur, stands nearby during the plane's first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., Dec. 17, 1903. (AP Photo/John T. Daniels)

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For centuries man has been inspired by birds and butterflies, dreaming of taking flight. But why? What is it about flying that enraptures us? And The Winner Is presents Part One of Marilyn Powell's award-winning series about flying. It was first broadcast on IDEAS in December 1989, and was a winner of Major Armstrong Award.

According to Bill Gates, the Chairman of Microsoft, "the Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together."

Since the Wright Brothers' first successful piloted flight on December 17, 1903, the world has indeed become smaller, with more of our experiences shared as global experiences.

Flying enables us to move people and products more efficiently. We use airplanes and helicopters in combat and to monitor security from above. Through flight we can visit to remote places, quickly transfer organs for transplant, not to mention the mundane things like providing traffic reports. Flight has changed our world, and flying has long been the dream of man.

 

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