1900 Wright Kite Activity
1. Why did theWright brothers bother building this kite.? Why
didn't they just build the plane first?
2. What were the Wright's trying to learn by flying this kite?
3. Why do you think the kite had two wings?
4. The surface of each wing is slightly curved, front to back. Why
do you think they were made this way and not made flat?
5. Why didn't they just stay in Dayton to test their kite?
6. The lower wing has a open space for a man to lay in. Why did
almost all of their flights of this kite not have a man aboard, as
shown in this picture?
7. The part sticking out in the front of the kite was called an
"elevator". What do you suppose it did?
8. The curve on the surface of this elevator was made to be
adjustable. What was the purpose of this?
9. Why do you think it was important to have tightly-woven fabric
as a wing covering?
10. Which of these do you think was the actual weight of the kite?
A) 4 lbs. B) 17 lbs. C) 52 lbs D) 175 lbs.
"Our machine was designed to be flown as a kite, with a man on
board, in winds of from fifteen to twenty miles an hour. But, upon
trial, it was found that much stronger winds were required to lift
it. Suitable winds not being plentiful, we found it necessary, in
order to test the new balancing system, to fly the machine as a kite
without a man on board, operating the levers through cords from the
Questions prepared by Roger Storm, Fairview Park High School, Aug, 2001.
- Re-Living the Wright Way
- Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics
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