HOW STRONG IS THE WIND? The history of flight – 1983 Film

United Airlines Capt. Nancy Aldrich

For those of you who enjoy historical films, you’ll most likely find this short (39:31) documentary more than interesting.  It was recommended to us by long time FASF member, contributor, and aviation historian, Retired United Airlines Captain, Nancy Aldrich.  (At left)

This documentary was posted by David Snell and focuses on those two famous bicycle builders, Wilbur and Orville Wright.  The short video provides some little known details of the difficulties and various travails often overlooked in the lives of these two world-famous aviation pioneers. 


While few haven’t heard of these two historic brothers, little is really known about their personal lives, and of the many problems they had to overcome to achieve man’s first successful flight of a heavier-than-air flying machine on December 17, 1903.

At the close of this documentary about the Wright Brothers, Astronaut, Neil Armstrong states that  “It’s said that history is like a mirror – it can only look back.  Undoubtedly true, but there’s great value in pausing to look back.  For it’s only with appreciation for where we’ve been, can we hope to understand where we’re heading.”

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