Early FlightThe first decades of aviation, marked by the Wright brothers’ first powered flight in 1903
To understand the brothers, one historian found that what you know is less important than who you know.
March 2003 | By Tom D. Crouch
How the 1903 Flyer got where it is today.
March 2003 | By Peter L. Jakab
Find out why the world's first controllable airplane was a bear to control.
March 2003 | By Phaedra Hise
The airplane debuted to rave reviews.
March 2003 | By Mary Collins
When a private collection of Wright Company papers went public, we discovered that many of our notions about the Wrights' business practices were wrong.
March 2003 | By Douglas Gantenbein
Building a replica of the first airplane requires a certain resourcefulness. Anybody got any horsehide glue?
January 2003 | By Phaedra Hise
Bathing beauties from the time when aircraft first crossed oceans.
January 2003 | By Illustrations by Ian Marshall
November 2002 | By Vadim Prokhorov
November 2002 | By Stuart Nixon
January 2002 | By Stuart Nixon
The Diamond is the only one of its kind ever built.
November 2001 | By Becki Bell
The wonderful, unworkable world of airplane design in the years before the Wright brothers.
March 2001 | By Phil Scott
A dedicated craftsman explores the invention of the airplane by recreating its predecessors.
May 1998 | By Tom Crouch