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  • Jennifer Shepherd

    On December 17, 1903, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, named Wilbur and Orville Wright, were successful in flying an airplane they built. Their powered aircraft flew for 12 seconds above the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, making them the first men to pilot a heavier-than-air machine that took off on its own power, remained under control, and sustained flight.


    On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers took off for about 12 seconds in their first flight, traveling approximately 120 feet. With today's airplanes, we can obviously go a lot faster and a lot further, but if it weren't for Orville and Wilbur, we would be going nowhere fast! If you're planning any international flights, we suggest preparing with Mango Languages! There are full (and free!) courses available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and also Chinese, Hindi, Greek, and more!

  • Victor Estevez

    first successful, powered, piloted flight in history--this is the photo of the first of 4 historic flights in Dec-17-1903 piloted by Orville Wright, he instruct a companion to start the camera if the flight took place, Wilbur Wright is in the right side, running along the plane just a moment before he was holding the right wing.

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