Unfortunately, if the Wrights were hoping to gain a monopoly on powered flight, the genie of invention was already out of the bottle. Fast forward ahead 11 years to 1917 and just take a look at how many varieties of “flying machines” were in the air during World War One – all of them FAR outperforming that original Wright machine. In point of fact, the Wright machine of 1903 bore about as much resemblance to the fighter aircraft of late World War One as your smart phone does to an old fashioned rotary dial land line phone.
However, they did what was right (no pun intended) to secure their idea at the time with patent number 821,393. In case you’re wondering, patent number 8,000,000 was granted in August of 2011. It’s safe to assume there have been a few more issued since then!
The point is, people will always be coming up with a better way to do things, though the basic idea remains the same. The Wright Flyer and a Boeing 737 both fly, but that’s where the resemblance ends.
One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the need to call 811 before you dig. Locating those underground lines and cables is a must-do before ANY excavation takes place. Just make that free call to 811 at least 48 hours before your intended work is to begin (weekends and holidays excluded) and you’ll soon find your job site has sprouted locator flags to tell you where those underground lines are buried.
Oh – and that line locating service is also FREE.
So whoever you are – homeowner, contractor, professional excavator, farmer, rancher – the 811 service is there for YOU, 24/7/365. Come see us at www.texas811.org for more information.
Also – we are hosting the 2017 International Locate Rodeo in June at Texas Motor Speedway, and volunteers are welcome. Just go to the following address, click and sign up! http://www.locaterodeo.net/volunteers
We guarantee you’ll have a great time, make some new friends, meet old friends and have stories to tell!
And guess what – you don’t even have to apply for a patent.
Until next week, safe digging!
By Scott Finley