Wrights: Not Al­ways Right

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Letters -

For some­one of David Mccullough’s stand­ing to as­sert that the Wright broth­ers had no flaws is ab­surd ( Air & Space In­ter­view, June/july 2015). They were in­tent on achiev­ing a mo­nop­oly in the air­plane in­dus­try. They dis­missed and dis­cour­aged the im­prove­ments of other air­craft de­vel­op­ers. They main­tained se­crecy, and for sev­eral years in­sisted on signed con­tracts with po­ten­tial mil­i­tary cus­tomers be­fore they would pro­vide flight demon­stra­tions. The Wright broth­ers were hu­man, not more than hu­man.

DENNIS O’CON­NOR

Topeka, Kansas

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