One of the major breakthroughs of the Wright brothers was the ability
and maneuver their
The first aircraft to achieve complete control in all three directions
which is shown in this animation.
The animation demonstrates the roll motion of the aircraft.
This is characterized by an up and down movement of the wing tips.
The Wright brothers achieved roll control by a unique idea called
The tips of their wings could by twisted relative to the rest of
the wing by a series of cables.
You can view a short
of "Orville and Wilbur Wright" explaining how wing warping was used
to roll their aircraft. The movie file can
be saved to your computer and viewed as a Podcast on your podcast player.
- Re-Living the Wright Way
- Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics
- NASA Home Page