Wright Brothers Day Celebrates First Flight
On December 17, 1903, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane.
After trying for several years for a successful flight, the brothers from Dayton, Ohio finally achieved their goal in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The first flight, flown by Orville Wright, lasted 12 seconds for a span of 120 feet. For the first time, a powered flying machine had taken off from level ground, traveled through the air, and landed under the control of its pilot.
Four successful flights took place that day, each one gaining length on the previous, with the final one flying 852 feet for 59 seconds.
Congress marks every December 17th as Wright Brothers Day to commemorate their historic first flight in Kitty Hawk.
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