Published:  01:04 AM, 16 April 2018

Wilbur Wright

Wilbur Wright

Wilbur Wright is best known for developing the first successful airplane with his brother, Orville. Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867, near Millville, Indiana, the middle child in a family of five children. His father, Milton Wright, was a bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. His mother was Susan Catherine Koerner Wright.

As a child, Wilbur's playmate was his younger brother, Orville, born in 1871. Wilbur was a bright and studious child, and excelled in school. His personality was outgoing and robust, and he made plans to attend Yale University after high school.

In the winter of 1885-86, an accident changed the course of Wilbur's life. He was badly injured in an ice hockey game, when another player's stick hit him in the face. Both brothers attended high school, but did not receive diplomas. The diploma was awarded posthumously to Wilbur on April 16, 1994, which would have been his 127th birthday .

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