I have been reading into some of the engineering behind the Wright Flyer. It's pretty astounding. These guys were truly amazing. Some particular points that I find interesting. 1)The airfoil design: They designed and tested a model using a crude wind-tunnel. 2)The propellor design: They engineered wood propellers which were amazingly efficient (even by todays standards: give or take) 3)They designed and built thier own IC engine from scratch since they couldn't afford (or find) a commercial product meting thier requirements. :| 4)They didn't die in the project. Is it just me or were these guys in a league of thier own, especially when you consider their backgrounds and budget? How did they master such a broad range of engineering discipline in their spare time? I am feeling very small at this point: so I will stop now. Thoughts?