Prior to their historic flight in 1903, the Wright Brothers owned what type of business?
– Barber shop
– Ice cream parlor
– Bicycle shop
– Flower shop
Answer: Before they built airplanes, the Wright brothers built bicycles. Capitalizing on the national bicycle craze, the Wright Brothers opened a bicycle repair and sales shop in December 1892 (the Wright Cycle Exchange, later the Wright Cycle Company.) In 1896, they began manufacturing and selling bicycles of their own bicycles. Their work with bicycles influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice. The brothers used the profits from their bicycle business to finance their aviation experiments.
The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane.