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Bio of Dr. Larry E. Tise, Principal Investigator for the Wright Brothers Centennial Exhibit


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#593   In this 1902 print the considerable enlargement of the 1901 camp building can be seen through the change in roofing pattern between the two segments of the resulting 1902 building. The Wrights efforts to shore up the buildings from constant sinking in the sands can be seen in the fairly elaborate system of under girding and side supports. The method of construction is also clear-a board and batten design, identical to the life saving stations near by. The pump has returned. But in this image one can also see the workshop area complete with tools created next to the kitchen. In this image Wilbur appears to be sewing together parts of the new 1902 craft.



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#610   The 14 December flight was not successful. After a 3 second flight of 105 feet the plane dived to the ground. Wilbur posed for this failed flight as can be seen from the shadow of the photographer taking the picture.



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#656   Assembly of the 1903 powered flyer began in early October. This image shows the extent of the construction process. Detail images sweep from left to right showing ready broom, work bench complete with vise, a shipping box addressed Wilbur Wright, Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Wilbur in the rear either in thought or assembling something; and Orville in the forefront with tools in hand-especially an impressive hand drill.



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#705   This extraordinary photograph-a basic panorama of the 1911 Wright camp-is an extraordinary guide to the setting. The 1911 building has more windows and a better performing sliding door. From right to left in the photograph, there is a flagpole with a windsock on top. The building is well reinforced with poles from every direction. There is next in view the 1911 Wright glider. Through the wings of the glider one can see the one holer privy of the 1911 camp. But the most extraordinary detail is of the almost obscured Orville Wright, clad in a Mexican cap, draped over the wing of the glider plugging away with cross peen hammer used in upholstery to secure fabrics to wood subsurfaces.




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