Edward J. Roach

Teoksen The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry tekijä

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Edward J. Roach is a historian at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Ohio.

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A look at the company the Wright brothers formed in 1909 to manufacture airplanes and defend their 1906 patent. Wilbur was the driving force behind the company and after his death in 1912 Orville took over but never displayed the commitment and focus shown by his brother. Three years later he sold the company to investors. The book is a more academic look at the company and also the life and times of the brothers, Dayton and the early aviation industry. It is reasonably well written but a bit repetitive at times and somewhat dry.… (lisätietoja)
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jztemple | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 18, 2023 |
Although there are aspects of this monograph that are rather dry, the more one progresses in the story the more this adventure in entrepreneurship becomes a comedy of manners. This is between the Wright Brothers not really having the skills to run a sizeable industrial operation, to the East Coast investors who saw themselves as building a new technological empire, and the mutual incomprehension between the two parties, which was really never bridged; the Wrights being unwilling to cede effective control of the shop floor to men like Grover Loening (who eventually became a noted aircraft builder in their own right).

Apart from that there is the whole issue of the Wrights patent wars with the rest of the embryonic American aviation industry, particularly Glenn Curtiss, a man who was much more simpatico with the East Coast business community. The real issue with the patent war from the perspective of the Wright Company's viability as a business, is that the Wrights were reluctant to change their aircraft, so as to not invalidate their patents, so they lost ground to manufacturers who had to innovate to avoid getting tangled in litigation. In the end, Orville Wright seems relieved when he allowed himself to be bought out, and get away from the stress of it all.
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Shrike58 | 1 muu arvostelu | Sep 1, 2022 |


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