December 17, 2004

Wright Brothers Take Flight

First Flight, December 17, 1903

Source: Wright Brothers History

First Flight, December 17, 1903.

It was on this day in 1903 that Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully completed the first sustained, power-driven flight, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers had chosen Kitty Hawk because of its consistently high winds, and had practiced there with gliders in 1900 and 1902. By 1903 they had built an engine that would allow them to fly, and discovered a new method for steering during flight. Each brother flew twice, but it was the final flight, made by Wilbur, that was actually controlled and lasted the longest, fifty-nine seconds. The first flight, made by Orville, lasted twelve seconds and was recorded in a now-famous photograph. The flights were witnessed by four adults and a boy. They were reported only by local newspapers, and much of the reporting was not accurate.

Source: Wright Brothers History: The Tale of the Airplane, A Brief Account of the Invention of the Airplane researched, written, and designed by Gary Bradshaw

Posted by niganit at December 17, 2004 2:05 PM
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