Technology fans should ponder the meaning of today's anniversary: 100 years since the first manned airplane flight, by Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, December 17, 1903, 10:35am. I remember seeing the Wright Brothers plane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Wilbur and Orville worked for years to solve each problem they encountered scientifically, and they used the construction knowledge they gained from their bicycle business. I've been reading their story here and it is fascinating. If you want to, you can skip right to the good part: their first flight.