Wilbur and Orville Wright launched a century of aviation when their plane, the Wright Flyer I, took flight on Dec. 17, 1903.(Wright State University Archives)

Greatest Moments in Flight

Wilbur and Orville Wright launched a century of aviation when their plane, the Wright Flyer I, took flight on Dec. 17, 1903.(Wright State University Archives)

1906 - Wright Brothers patent for a flying machine.

The Wright Brothers' Famous 1903 Flying Machine Patent Is Missing

The Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawke in 1908.

The Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawke in 1908.

First Flight    The world changed at 10:35 AM, on December 17, 1903 on the north side of Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was at that moment that the Wright Brother’s "Wright Flyer", with Orville Wright at the controls, lifted off in sustained, controlled flight. This first heavier-than-air flight traveled a mere one hundred twenty feet, and lasted only twelve seconds.

First Flight The world changed at 10:35 AM, on December 17, 1903 on the north side of Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was at that moment that the Wright Brother’s "Wright Flyer", with Orville Wright at the controls, lifted off in sustained, controlled flight. This first heavier-than-air flight traveled a mere one hundred twenty feet, and lasted only twelve seconds.

First successful flight of the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer

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The Wright Brothers, Orville (1871-1948), left, and Wilbur (1867-1912), right, American aviation pioneers. On 17 December 1903 at 10.23am, their powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer, made its first flight with Orville at the controls.

The Wright Brothers, Orville (1871-1948), left, and Wilbur (1867-1912), right, American aviation pioneers. On 17 December 1903 at 10.23am, their powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer, made its first flight with Orville at the controls.

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers tested out their Wright Flyer I near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was the first successfully powered, heavier-than-air aircraft with a pilot aboard. Orville acted as the pilot while Wilbur ran at the wingtip to balance it.

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers tested out their Wright Flyer I near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was the first successfully powered, heavier-than-air aircraft with a pilot aboard. Orville acted as the pilot while Wilbur ran at the wingtip to balance it.

The Wright Brothers - First is flight Dec. 17, 1903. This is a picture of the first flight of the Wright Flyer I, Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip.

The Wright Brothers - First is flight Dec. 17, 1903. This is a picture of the first flight of the Wright Flyer I, Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip.

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