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17 December

Wright Brothers Fly!

1904 Wright Flyer

1904 Wright Flyer

December 17, 1903, 110 years ago, the Wright brothers (Orville & Wilbur) make the first human flight.  Although they were not the first to make and test an experimental plane, they were the first to create controls that made fixed-wing flight possible.  The control, called three-axis control, allowed the brothers to both steer and maintain equilibrium of the plane.  Many of us know that the brother’s gained their skills while working in a bike shop, but how many of you know they also worked at a printing press?  Who among you knows the name Charlie Taylor?  He was another employee at the bike shop that the brother’s worked at.  He was the one responsible for creating the engine in the plane.

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08 June

American Spy Plane Shot Down Over Russia

Gary Powers

Gary Powers

An American U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia it’s pilot captured and later traded for a Russian Spy.

Works Cited:

American Heritage Magazine, Sept. 2000, Vol. 51 Issue 5 p.36, The Day we Shot Down the U-2 by Sergei Krushchev


Model of U-2 Plane

CIA Document List

Many Pictures Pertaining to the U-2 and Gary Powers

Rudolf Abel

Clarence “Kelly” Johnson

Video of Rudolf Abel

Books on the Subject:

Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev

Khrushchev Remembers

Operation Overflight

Secret Empire

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