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December 18, 2003



My friend Will, who is an aviation nut, wrote:

"As you may or may not know, the official recreation attempt at Kitty Hawk was a bit of a wind-out. Not enough wind that is. I think it has really suprised quite a few people, myself included, how incredibly unlikely it was that the original Wright machine flew succesfully so early on in its testing. The conditions of weather must fit such tight tolerances to make flying this machine even possible. Too little wind, and the flyer can't make enough groundspeed on its own power to fly. Too much and it will be going backward. It needs to be a steady and consistant 15-25 mph or no dice."

In other words... everybody needs a little luck, too!


Why not, indeed.

Lovely post.

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