The Wright Brothers
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In 1878, Wilbur and Orville Wright's father brought his sons home a toy helicopter powered by a twisted rubber band. The invention, by French engineer Alphonse Pénaud, was to have a profound effect on the brothers and set them on course to make their breakthroughs in aviation. This biography, supported by personal diaries, notebooks and letters, traces the background to their achievements and describes how they developed their historic prototypes and the disputes and controversies that surrounded the first flights. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.