Season 31, Episode 6 Wright Brothers' Flying Machine

First Aired: November 11, 2003

A team of Wright Brothers experts explore how the Ohio bicycle mechanics got their “flying machines that would change the world” aloft, then build a replica of one and try to get it to fly. The first thing the Wrights did was to divide their task into its three basic components: lift, control and propulsion, and work on each separately. That's what the latter-day team does as well, beginning with glider test flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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