Thursday, January 28, 2010
Planes, Chains and Aerobiles
Carving through a downhill turn on a bicycle is one of the great joys of riding. It feels like flying. I bet it was a similar sensation that hooked the Wright brothers too, launching their dreams of taking to the air. Bicycle technology was cutting-edge at the turn of the 20th century, and the Wrights used their considerable talents and wealth as high-end framebuilders to achieve their dreams of leaving the ground. Today, only five Wright bicycles are known to exist, and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum displays this beauty alongside the brothers' original Wright Flyer. (courtesy NASM)
Here are some of my favorite shots from a recent trip to the Udvar-Hazy Annex of the NASM. Admission is free, though parking will cost you $15 a carload. I wonder how much they'd charge if you rolled up on a bicycle?