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Dec 17 2006

Today in History: Wright Brothers Flight

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Orville and Wilbur Wright created the first self propelled aircraft and took flight with it. On December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright Brothers. Wilbur watched a bird fly and took extensive notes and used those to design their wings. The brothers took turns piloting the gasoline powered plane which stayed in the air for 12 seconds totaling 120 feet.

They made four flights in total..

After weeks of delays at Kitty Hawk caused by broken propeller shafts, the Wrights finally took to the air on December 17, 1903, making two flights each in a freezing wind gusting to 27 miles an hour. The first flight, by Orville, of 39 meters (120 feet) in 12 seconds, was recorded in a famous photograph. The next two flights were approximately 175 and 200 feet, by Wilbur and Orville respectively. In the fourth flight of the day, the one most skillfully controlled (and carefully measured), Wilbur flew 279 meters (852 ft) in 59 seconds. Their altitude on the four flights was about ten feet above the ground

The original plane was shipped home and it now resides in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
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