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Check Six – 1917: Wilber & Orville Wright’s First Flight

December 17, 2020

On this day in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed December 17 “Wright Brothers Day” to commemorate the first heavier-than-air powered, controlled flights. In this picture Orville Wright is at the controls and his brother Wilbur is running alongside.

On the morning of December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright took turns piloting and monitoring their flying machine in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Orville piloted the first flight that lasted just 12 seconds and 120 feet. On the fourth and final flight of the day, Wilbur traveled 852 feet, remaining airborne for 59 seconds.

That morning, the brothers became the first people to demonstrate sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine under the complete control of the pilot.

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