Science Comics: Flying Machines
How the Wright Brothers Soared
Author: written by Benjamin A. Wilgus; illustrated by Molly Brooks
A National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Books of 2017
Take to the skies with Flying Machines!
Follow the famous aviators from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly competitive international race toward flight, Orville and Wilbur were up against a lot more than bad weather. Mechanical failures, lack of information, and even other aviators complicated the Wright Brothers’ journey. Though they weren’t as wealthy as their European counterparts, their impressive achievements demanded attention on the international stage. Thanks to their carefully recorded experiments and a healthy dash of bravery, the Wright Brothers’ flying machines took off.
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Praise for the Science Comics series:
"This series—written by a handful of authors—seems determined to offer a useful introduction to anything a curious grade-school student might wonder about. The insight behind these books is a powerful one. So much information about the world around us is actually better conveyed visually, through charts, illustrations, and sequential panels, than purely using words." —New York Times
"Like having a Time Life Science Library in comic books. Which is awesome!" —Popular Science
Praise for Science Comics: Flying Machines:
"Inspirational reading for budding middle grade inventors and engineers—valuable for its broad picture of aviation’s early history and for providing specifics about the technical problems the Wright brothers faced and solved." —School Library Journal
"An accessible and engaging introduction to the Wright brothers and how they ushered in the age of flight." —Kirkus