Flight Science & Technology Research Group
Wright Brothers Poem
Kittyhawk, December 1903
A cup of carefully filtered gasoline
their wings against the flat wind
made the Outer Banks a wreckers' coast.
fumes dispersed across the dunes
the telegraph could report the flight
a curiously un-hearing world.
still fully to master the air,
just revealed the transparent fringe
flying ahead of a tempest.
brothers struck camp for Christmas
in Dayton Ohio, with the Bishop
sister and, at last, their grail.
conquest took a few more years
the invisible around Huffman Prairie
to control their Flyer.
patent fights, manufacturing rights
disclosure, military sales.
The tempest wrote long lines across the sky.
Courtesy of Noel Whittall October 2002
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