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Who Were the Wright Brothers? (Who Was...?) / James Buckley Jr.
2014年10月24日 (金) | 編集 |
Who Were the Wright Brothers? (Who Was...?)Who Were the Wright Brothers? (Who Was...?)
(2014/05/01)
James Buckley Jr.

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ライト兄弟の伝記。

The Wrights solved all the problems they faced as they designed their gliders with experimentation. It was not work to the brothers. It was fun. Wilbur’s best skill was coming up with new ideas. Orville’s skill with building things helped make those ideas real. Together, they made a perfect team.
p46

その当時、馬に代わる手軽な移動手段として
大ブームとなった自転車の店を営みながら、
熱中していった飛行機作り。

It was not work to the brothers. It was fun.
いいですね!

人里はなれた小島で改良を続けながら
試作機を飛ばす様子が素敵です。

無事に最初の飛行機が飛ぶまでの苦労は青春~
というさわやかさですが、
それを一般に認めてもらうまでと、
認められてからの苦労の方が大変そうでした。

兄弟ともに生涯独身で、とっても仲が良さそうなので、
イラストの良さもあって、元腐女子の血がちょっと
騒ぎそうでした(^^;) 
アブナイナー。

といった戯言はおいといて、面白かったです。
映画、観たいなー。

The Wright brothers built and flew their plane only after years of trial, error, and hard work.
From the early twentieth century to the present, every single airplane ever built includes something first created by the Wright brothers.
p1

With his press, Orville also helped his friend Paul Dunbar create The Tattler, the newspaper for Dayton’s African American community. By this time, black and white students attended the same schools in Ohio, unlike in many Southern states. This was not an issue for the Wrights. Inspired by their father’s teaching, the Wright family believed in equal rights for all people.
p21
この時代の人の伝記では必ずこの問題に
どのような態度をとっていたか明記されている気がする。。

“From the time we were little children, my brother Orville and myself lived together… We talked over our thoughts and aspirations,” Wilbur wrote many years later. “Nearly everything that was done in our lives has been the result of conversations, suggestions, and discussions between us.”
p22
兄弟仲がいいのが印象的。
チームでディスカッションすることで成果が出る、っていいますものね。

They first looked at the failed gliders of inventors who had tried before them. From their study, Wilbur and Orville decided that to build an aircraft, they had to solve three problems:
・building an engine that would make the aircraft move forward
・construction a wing that would be able to lift the machine
・controlling the machine once it was in the air
先行者の研究が役に立ったとのことです。
叡智の積み重ねですね。

When their first glider was ready, the Wrights looked for a place to try it out. They needed steady wind to help the glider stay aloft. They wanted a place with sand or a beach so that they could have soft landings. They also wanted a place where few people could watch their experiments.
p48
これがキティ―フォークが選ばれた理由なんですね。
最初のころはテントを張って蚊に刺されて大変だったよう。

He was only forty-five years old.
p95
うーん、若い。

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/wright/
Many movies have been made about the Wright brothers, helped by their early use of photography and even film to document their work.
面白そう。


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