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Conquering the Sky: Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers

The buildup to Wilbur and Orville Wright's first powered flights in 1903 is history that is well known to aviation enthusiasts everywhere. Five years later, the Wright brothers returned to Kitty Hawk, N.C., to perform the test flights that would catapult them to international fame. That spring in 1908 marked a major turning point in the Wrights' career and the history of aviation, yet the details of those flights and what led to them have remained largely unexplored, until now. These flights and more are the subject of "Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk," (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) by Larry E. Tise. Speaker Biography: Writer and historian Larry E. Tise is the Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University. He is the author of more than 50 articles and books and the founder of World Aloft, an extensive website dedicated to the Wright brothers.
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