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Great Lives Lecture Series: The Wright Brothers

To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight

The University of Mary Washington's 2012 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Thursday, April 12, with a lecture on the Wright Brothers by James Tobin, author of To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight.

Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of experimentation, they achieved the first successful tests of a heavier than air, engine-powered machine in 1903. The Wright brothers, high school dropouts who were self-taught mechanical and aeronautic engineers, typified the legendary ethic of American know-how. Author James Tobin is a specialist in literary journalism and narrative history at Miami University of Ohio. His first book, Ernie Pyle’s War: America’s Eyewitness to World War II won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award in biography.

All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are free and open to the public.

For more about the lives of the Wright Brothers check out these resources from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.