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Orville and Wilbur Wright are historical figures because of their pioneering work in aviation and the fact that they built and flew the first successful airplane, the Kitty Hawk. The amazing thing was that both Orville and Wilbur were not researchers or aeronautical engineers but simply mechanics who ran a bicycle shop in Daytona, Ohio.
After opening the shop in 1892, they designed their own bike called the Van Cleve. The bicycle shop paid the bills while they pursued their dream of conquering the skies.
The Wright brothers studied basic aeronautical books and constructed various airplane wings and prototypes before they finally created the successful Kitty Hawk which was constructed with huge 8 foot propellers and even had its own unique lightweight engine that produced around 12 horsepower and weighed just 152 pounds.
Despite the many counter claims and disputes over the Wright brothers title of the inventors of airplanes there is no doubt that what they achieved in their time was awesome by any standards.