Wilber and Orville Wright with Flyer II at Huffman Prairie
Wilbur and Orville Wright with the Flyer II at Huffman Prairie, outside of Dayton, Ohio, in May 1904.
The Wrights had a much more difficult time testing their aircraft at Huffman Prairie than at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, due to the lack of high winds. To artificially reach the needed wind speed of 27 miles per hour, the brothers invented a catapult which provided the extra speed needed to become airborne. On September 7, 1904, the Wrights tested the first catapult and it was a success, giving the Flyer II a push to make half-mile long flights.
African-American buffalo soldier riding a frisky horse fresh from the herd, 1880s.
Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration by Frederic Remington
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American Bison / Buffalo - male (large) and female (smaller) in rut. The bull enters the matriarchal herd and displays "flehmen" and "tending behavior"
American Bison / Buffalo - male (large) and female (smaller) in rut. The bull enters the matriarchal herd and displays "flehmen" and "tending behavior".
Flehmen consists of curling the lip back and extending the neck and is thought to enhance the sense of smell. He "tends" a female by remaining between her and the herd in an attempt to keep the cow isolated. Inhabits plains - prairies and river valleys and sometimes forests. Grazes on grasses, sedge and forbs.
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