It is no surprise that a contemporary of Orville Wright would describe the first man to achieve sustained flight as having a “sense of fun.”
On the pages that follow, whether others are doing their talking for them or they are doing it themselves, Orville’s heirs all seem to agree that flying is fun.
Of the first three naval aviators, Jack Towers survived the kind of crashes that took the lives of Ellyson and Rodgers and displayed the ability to laugh at himself. Late in a distinguished career that might have been even more brilliant had he not aroused the enmity of Ernie King, Towers told Admiral James S. Russell: “There was a party at the Coronado Hotel, and King was a little boisterous and unseemly in his conduct and talking too loudly. We met in the men’s room and I called him a “penny whistle” [cheap]. That was the one great mistake in my career! The fellow went on to be Cominch, and here I am denied a combat command because of a personal dislike on the part of Cominch.”