Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Time Machine Thursday: I Believe I Can Fly!

Queue up the R-Kelly, today’s time machine trip takes us back to 1903 when two brothers decided to do something peoples can’t do…fly!

I arrived in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to see this flight. First, I was scared I was going to be attacked by giant kitty-hawks! How scary is that?!?! I may have pooped a little at the thought! Maybe that’s why they wanted to fly, so they could battle the kitty hawks?

(artist composite image, these aren't real. Thank god!)

So the brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, flew the first airplane for 12 seconds and 120 feet. This was a big deal. Peoples always wanted to fly, but can’t. This helped prove peoples could fly with some nifty machinery.

Actually, they tried the first flight on Dec. 14 but the engine died and they went boom.

After making repairs for three days they tried again. And success! They flew three more times that day, with the last flight covering 852 feet in 59 seconds—almost a whole minute in the air!
The brothers kept working and by 1905 their planes could move around in the air and fly for 39 minutes at a time (they really needed to work on that “one minute short” rounding up thing).

And now thanks to them, peoples can fly all over the world! They've even flown to the Okay, everybody together now!

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly

So true R true...


  1. Hi Anna,

    Thanks for that history lesson. Those kittyhawks are scary! I have watched the birds flying around in the sky and don't think I would like to be up that high.


  2. Anna, you give the best history lessons!! I love it!!! You really have a great time machine! Thanks...I am beginning that Holly and me can fly too!!!! Luv you!!! Holly and her mom!!!

  3. Kitty hawks! What a scary thought!

    Glad they're not real!

  4. Wow!

    I will so teach Mom a new lesson tonight about flying machines!


  5. What a great story Anna...We love learning history from you!!

    But I am sooooo going to have nightmares about those kitty hawks!!