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.
An American U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia it’s pilot captured and later traded for a Russian Spy.
American Heritage Magazine, Sept. 2000, Vol. 51 Issue 5 p.36, The Day we Shot Down the U-2 by Sergei Krushchev
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