At 10:35 a.m. on December 17, 1903, Orville Wright flew the Flyer for 12 seconds over 120 feet of ground. This flight, conducted on Kill Devil Hill just outside of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, was the very first flight by a manned, controlled, heavier-than-air aircraft that flew under it’s own power. In other words, it was the first flight of an airplane.This event went down in history as the first successful flight of the Wright Flyer, by the Wright brothers. The machine traveled 120 ft (36.6 m) in 12 seconds at 10:35 a.m. at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Orville Wright was at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with his hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright ran alongside to balance the machine, and just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing in the photo. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other items needed for flight preparation are visible behind the machine. This is described as “the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air, powered flight” by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, but is not listed by the FAI as an official record.
Wright “B” Flyer Inc. to Build New Airplane at Original Wright Company Factory With Support From EAA
PRESS RELEASE – DAYTON, Ohio—More than a century after it opened, America’s first airplane factory will become active again with a project to build a modern Wright flyer.Wright “B” Flyer Inc. will build the airplane […]
Garbiele Lanzo Reports: We had the opportunity to visit the Jonathan Collection in the province of Treviso, in the northeast of Italy, at the private airstrip that the Jonathan Collection Foundation calls home. The foundation, […]
March 24 was an important date for Wilbur and Orville Wright: On that day in 1904, the two brothers applied for a German patent for their biplane, The Flyer. Facing skepticism at home and in […]