Growing up in Dayton, Ohio, home of Orville and Wilbur Wright, I knew the story of their aviation endeavors and I have visited the sites in Dayton where they worked (including their bicycle shop) and the Huffman Prairie where they tested their flying machine. But I was not that familiar with their patent legal battles with Glenn Curtiss, a motorcycle racer who became known for his innovative aircraft and whose name today is primarily associated with being an American aviation pioneer and founder of the US aircraft industry. This book deals with the early years of aviation, lives and inventions of the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and also colorful personalities associated with the times such as Tom Baldwin, inventor of the parachute, John Moisant, the celebrated daredevil, Harriet Quimby, who became the first woman to fly across the English Channel and Lincoln Beachey who was known for his air stunts. The long legal battles between the Wright Brothers and Curtiss are adequately discussed. This well researched volume is a wonderful book depicting those wild early years of aviation and it has something for everyone interested in the topic of early 20th century history, aviation and invention. Highly recommended.
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