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Animated Hero Classics

The Wright Brothers (Season 2, Episode 4)
TV Episode | 30 min | Animation

Two bicycle repairmen embark on their dream to fly. With no formal training as either scientists or engineers, they study Lilienthal's diagrams for his glider and learn from experience the keys to controlled flight. As young boys, Wilbur ...See moreTwo bicycle repairmen embark on their dream to fly. With no formal training as either scientists or engineers, they study Lilienthal's diagrams for his glider and learn from experience the keys to controlled flight. As young boys, Wilbur and Orville Wright are full of ideas, enthusiasm and dreams. Above their bicycle repair shop they discover how birds are able to balance by tilting their wings - wing warping. They want to make a glider to do the same thing. "You have a dream, you should do it," their father encourages them. After writing to the "center of knowledge for flight'" Octave Chanute, they learn the best place to glide is Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They tell Chanute about wing warping and make him promise not to tell anyone until they can perfect it. Their first attempts are unsuccessful, however, as they realize that Lilienthal's figures were incorrect. Wilbur and Orville begin experimenting with the figures. Meanwhile, others are beginning to take flight, but only in the beginning stages. Finally, Wilbur and Orville manage a controlled flight. All they need to do is add an engine. Chanute lets the wing-warping idea slip when he is challenged, but the Wright brothers are not worried - the rest of the world doesn't know how it works. After a 59 second flight, Wilbur and Orville take Santos-Durmont, the French flyer, up on his challenge to show the world they can fly in France and on August 8,1908 the Wright brothers demonstrate to the world the power of controlled flight. Written by Nest Family Entertainment See less
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Writer
Brian Nissen (screenplay)
Editors
Joe Campana (as Joseph Campana) | James Koford
Casting Director
Status
Edit Released
Updated Jun 1, 1996

Release date
Jun 1, 1996 (United States)

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11 cast members
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Robert Cottrell
Orville (voice) Orville (voice)   See fewer
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Jake Williamson
Wilbur / Parisian Husband / French Reporter (voice) Wilbur / Parisian Husband / French Reporter (voice)   See fewer
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William Dennis Hunt
Bishop Wright (voice) Bishop Wright (voice)   See fewer
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Brian Nissen
Santos-Dumont (voice) Santos-Dumont (voice)   See fewer
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Mark Hunt
Chanute (voice) Chanute (voice)   See fewer
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Bernie Van De Yacht
Reporter (voice) Reporter (voice)   See fewer
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Gregory Daven
Dan Tate (voice) Dan Tate (voice)   See fewer
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Tim Fitzgerald
Farman (voice) Farman (voice)   See fewer
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Art Manke
Voisin (voice) Voisin (voice)   See fewer
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Kristie Transeau
Parisian Wife (voice) Parisian Wife (voice)   See fewer
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Thom Marks
Telegrapher (voice) Telegrapher (voice)   See fewer
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5.9 / 10 | 14 votes