B Roachs study digs deeper than technological and business history By casting his narrative in an urban historical context and painting the sociocultural elements that affected the business, the author contributes to a clearer understanding of how seemingly unrelated elements affected the development of the Wright aircraft business The HistorianFresh from successful flights before royalty in Europe, and soon after thrilling hundreds of thousands of people by flying around the Statue of Liberty, in the fall of 1909 Wilbur and Orville Wright decided the time was right to begin manufacturing their airplanes for sale Backed by Wall Street tycoons, including August Belmont, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, and Andrew Freedman, the brothers formed the Wright Company The Wright Company trained hundreds of early aviators at its flight schools, including Roy Brown, the Canadian pilot credited with shooting down Manfred von Richtofenthe Red Baronduring the First World War and Hap Arnold, the commander of the U.S.Army Air Forces during the Second World War Pilots with the companys exhibition department thrilled crowds at events from Winnipeg to Boston, Corpus Christi to Colorado Springs Cal Rodgers flew a Wright Company airplane in pursuit of the 50,000 Hearst Aviation Prize in 1911 But all was not well in Dayton, a city that hummed with industry, producing cash registers, railroad cars, and many other products The brothers found it hard to transition from running their own bicycle business to being corporate executives responsible for other peoples money Their dogged pursuit of enforcement of their 1906 patentespecially against Glenn Curtiss and his companyhelped hold back the development of the U.S aviation industry When Orville Wright sold the company in 1915, than three years after his brothers death, he was a comfortable manbut his company had built only 120 airplanes at its Dayton factory and Wright Company products were not in the U.S arsenal as war continued in Europe Edward Roach provides a fascinating window into the legendary Wright Company, its place in Dayton, its management struggles, and its effects on early U.S aviation....
|Title||:||The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry|
|Publisher||:||Ohio University Press 1 edition January 21, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
|File Size||:||783 KB|
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The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry Reviews
Wow! A frank, exceptionally detailed, and thorough investigation of The Wright Company from its gestation in 1909 through its transition away from Orville in 1915/1916. The author's writing style is extremely easy to read (I finished the book in two days while doing a bunch of other things.), as well as, including a lightness in the style that made the read quite enjoyable. The story really provides a valuable lesson -- the world is constantly changing and evolving and business, like everythhing else, must be constantly changing and adapting or, as with the Wrights' one is simply left behind. One could expend a lot of ink discussing why the Wright brothers refused to change, adapt, and evolve their invention, but the reality is they chose not to, which culminated in the result outlined in "The Wright Company." But, maybe, in the end that result was what made Orville the happiest -- so perhaps there is nothing to feel bad about. A fascinating story that has been told exceptionally well.
It's amazing what the Brothers had to go thru after they invented the airplane. So much time spent looking for financial help. Interesting.