The biplane flies again!
Oh, those magnificent men in their flying machines!
This pop-up card celebrates the Wright Flyer biplane. It was the first successful heavier-than-air aircraft to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. It was designed and built by the Wright brothers. They flew it on December 17, 1903 hear Kill Devil Hills, about four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The flight marks the beginning of the pioneer era of aviation.
Our Biplane is ready to soar. Begin your adventure, start your retirement, launch a new business, a wedding, a journey. This card is a winner for a history buff, to celebrate a vintage birthday, for a pilot, an adventurer, a graduate, a grandstander, a lover of life. Take a flyer!
Happy Birthday or Happy Father’s Day to Mr. Wright
Wishing you blue skies ahead.
Fly me to the Moon. ~Frank Sinatra
Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.
Oh babe, I hate to go. ~John Denver
Don’t drag me off the plane
We’re flying high.
And do you know his name was Lindy?/He flew the Spirit of St. Louis.
I’m taking an aeroplane/across the world to/follow/my/heart!” ~Bjork
My soul is in the sky. ~William Shakespeare
Time for me to fly / I got to set myself free. ~Dolly Parton
Take me to the pilot for control; Take me to the pilot of your soul. ~Elton John
Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done. ~Amelia Earhart
If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. ~Charles Lindbergh
Don’t just fly, soar!
My soul is in the sky.
It’s the closest you can come to being a bird. ~Neil Armstrong
The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have time to fall. ~Orville Wright
O to speed where there is space enough and air enough at last! ~Walt Whitman, One Hour to Madness and Joy
More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost. ~Wilbur Wright
The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport. ~Orville Wright
Within all of us is a varying amount of space lint and star dust, the residue from our creation. Most are too busy to notice it, and it is stronger in some than others. It is strongest in those of us who fly and is responsible for an unconscious, subtle desire to slip into some wings and try for the elusive boundaries of our origin ~K.O. Eckland, Footprints On Clouds
The air to a glider pilot is a reality… . He is trying to understand it in all its moods; to learn its flow, its laws, and to try and use this knowledge to his own ends. ~ Philip Wills
Man’s fertile imagination and inherent genius sought every possible –and a few impossible– avenues trying to penetrate the upper air. Along that shaky path to perfection was a myriad of blind alleys and diversions as experiments were made with multi-wing aircraft. These perilous flights provided their designers with knowledge, be it beneficial or disastrous. Thus each played a tiny part in striving toward aeronautical perfection.
The “flying machine,” born only a decade before World War I, matured swiftly during its teenage years. By the end of the Great War, aviation had already adopted nearly every major feature that would characterize military and civil airplanes for the next three decades. Cecil Lewis, a British fighter pilot whose memoir Sagittarius Rising is a classic of the era, wrote, “Every new machine was an experiment, obsolete in the eyes of the designer before it was completed, so feverishly and rapidly did knowledge progress.” No other period in the history of aviation has seen such rapid evolution. Most of the improvements emerged from trial and error.
When Wilbur Wright took the Flyer biplane on a sales tour of Europe in 1908, the virtuosity and self-assurance of his daily demonstrations stirred up a fever of renewed aviation activity among the Europeans.