Just 75 years ago, on December 17th 1903, the Wright brothers put the first powered aircraft into flight in the United States.
Just 75 years ago, on December 17th 1903, the Wright brothers put the first powered aircraft into flight in the United States. A powered bi-plane glider, which they designed and built themselves, left the ground without assistance and made four shot flights at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk in North Carolina.
SYNOPSIS: Wilbur and Orville Wright were bicycle makers from Dayton, Ohio, obsessed with flying. The aircraft which was to make history was evolved from gliders, in which they developed the controls. It fell to Orville, the younger brother, by the toss of a coin, to take it into the air. The propellers and a light enough engine were specially designed by the brothers themselves.
The first flight lasted 12 seconds; the fourth, almost a fully minute. Within three years, the brothers had designed a machine which could stay in the air for more than half an hour.