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    NEXT ON NOVA: "Wright Brothers' Flying Machine"

    Broadcast: December 16, 2003
    (NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
    dates and times may vary.)

    December 17, 2003, marks the centennial of the world's first powered
    flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. To celebrate this milestone,
    NOVA presents the definitive documentary on the invention of the
    airplane. While many shows have retold the Wright brothers' personal
    story, no program has properly explored the astonishing inventiveness
    that they applied to the problem of powered flight. NOVA reveals the
    popular image of the Wrights as amateur bicycle mechanics who
    tinkered their way into the sky to be a myth. The program features
    exhilarating footage of flights by exclusively commissioned replicas
    that use the same original materials and the only existing Wright
    engine for the frail craft that first propelled humans toward the
    clouds. Watch as the triumph of powered flight comes alive once more.

    Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:

    Interview and Article

         The Unlikely Inventors
         The Smithsonian's Tom Crouch explains why the Wright brothers
         succeeded where so many others failed.

         The First Reporter
         Amazingly, the first accurate coverage of the Wrights' earliest
         flights appeared in an obscure journal for beekeepers.

    Interactives and Slide Show

         Pilot the 1903 Flyer
         In this clickable illustration of the first airplane, see how
         the Wright brothers solved the problem of steering.

         Getting Airborne and Wing Designs
         See how a plane achieves enough lift to take off and how airfoil
         shapes affect the way a plane flies.

         Building Wright Replicas
         View a collection of photos taken during the reconstruction of
         original Wright brothers aircraft.


          NOVA News Minutes
          Watch a news clip related to the program (available 12/16)

          Plus, a list of links and books, a teacher's guide, and the
          program transcript


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