December 17, 1903 – December 17, 2013 -110 Years From The First Flight

Orville takes off with Wilbur running beside, December 17, 1903. ( Original Image)
Orville takes off with Wilbur running beside, December 17, 1903. ( Original Image)
Orville takes off with Wilbur running beside, December 17, 1903. ( Original Image)

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.

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