all over Europe. To which Orville replied that if the only thing in the way was the price, they would gladly make that satisfactory. Newspapers in two languages proclaimed Curtiss the fastest human on the ground and in the air. Journalists noted they could have passed for brothers: medium height, slim as marathon runners, early hair loss, sharp features, blue eyes, and reserved dispositions. Only Orville graduated from high school. He founded two companiesthe Curtiss Aeroplane Company and the Curtiss Motor Company. The household in Dayton, Ohio, then a city of 40,000, was moral but not emphatically religious. He also received a patent for his design for ailerons. He and Wilbur had really made their communist manifesto main thesis farewell years before, when they invited the Aeroplane Club of Dayton and their family and friends as well as anyone interested to come to Huffman Prairie.
Orville took a plane to Fort Myer, an Army base in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington,.C. How shall he reach the ground without destroying his delicate machinery? However, all that wished to return the next day would be welcome. The throng was dazzled by the way he banked his Rheims Flyer around the pylonsa maneuver nobody before had witnessed. As McCullough writes: "It was there, in France that he had flown as no man ever had anywhere on earth.
No, he said, he was not a newspaperman, though he sometimes did writing for publication. He could as easily fix a broken doorbell as devise a carburetor from an empty tomato can. A few of the bystanders though had only sympathy for the brothers. Though these pooh-poohing articles by Newcomb and other scientists were probably read by relatively few people, they were seen by editors, editorial writers, and others, and thus indirectly had much influence on public opinion. One or two of the newspapermen did return the next day. The weather turned wintry and the last of the men who had been helping (including their older brother Lorin Wright and George Spratt, a young enthusiast from Pennsylvania) departed. Navy higher-ups remained indifferent to aviation. But the Wrights couldn't be sure. Curtiss was far more passionate, even obsessive, about speed. Moreover, attorneys in New York for the Wrights enjoined French pilot Louis Paulhan as he stepped onto a New York harbor pier.