Lead:  In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright, bicycle mechanics from Akron, Ohio, solved the problem of powered flight.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: At the dawn of the twentieth century men and women were still tied to the earth. Except for those short trips that could be achieved using gliders and the limited flight time of heat-fired balloons, the sky was an unwelcome place. These scant incursions into the air above served only to tantalize scientists and others who dreamed of a day when the sky would play host to a new and swift way of escape and transport. Samuel P. Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Museum, had been conducting experiments in powered flight. His aerodrome tests in the Potomac River seemed to be going nowhere in 1903 when word came that two obscure inventors from Ohio had breached the wall and achieved powered flight. Without government help, with little scientific training, the two had isolated and solved the basic problems associated with manned flight and put the thing in the air.

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