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Wright Brothers vs. Curtiss 

The struggle for performance and technology in the budding aviation industry. Between the Wright Brothers and the Glenn Curtiss.


Richard Lopez


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Episode credited cast:
Edgar Fox Edgar Fox ... Orville Wright
Sam Jules ... Young Wilbur Wright
Xander Crowell ... Young Orville Wright
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicholas Chase Applegate ... Businessman with Breifcase
Stacy Gedney Stacy Gedney
Marc Goodman ... race Official
John S. Howell Sr.
Donald Imm ... Government Official
Johnna Leary ... Curtiss Spectator
Brian Leider Brian Leider ... Wilbur Wright
Colin McHugh Colin McHugh ... Curtiss Supporter
Faron Salisbury ... Lt. Selfridge
Daniel Van Thomas ... Glenn Curtiss
Kurt Vogelsang ... Henry Ford
Jeff Wilburn Jeff Wilburn ... Narrator


The struggle for performance and technology in the budding aviation industry. Between the Wright Brothers and the Glenn Curtiss.

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1 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Even though the Wright Brothers did test their non-powered gliders in the area known as Kitty Hawk on the barrier islands now known as The Outer Banks of North Carolina, their actual powered flight took place at the sand dune known as Big Kill Devil Hill in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, the area four miles south of Kitty Hawk as noted in the letter that they wrote to their father after their first successful powered flight. The Wright Brothers National Memorial is still located there today. See more »

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Absolute Rubbish
27 August 2018 | by davidwileSee all my reviews

Hey folks,

This program is not a documentary in any sense of the word. It is really a fictional piece that goes from one error to another concerning the beginning of manned flight. For some reason the writers of this show seemed intent on the glorification of Glen Curtiss at the expense of the genius of the Wright brothers. This program is truly a waste of time which could be used in reading and watching many other source materials.

Best wishes, Dave Wile

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