The Wright Flyer of 1908, with Orville Wright (1871-1948) at the controls. Orville and his brother Wilbur, owners of a bicycle-making firm, began to experiment with heavier-than-air flight in 1896. The world's first sustained powered flight was made by Orville on 17 December 1903 near Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In August 1908, Orville Wright took the Flyer to Fort Myer, Va., and made flights almost daily.
June 1st, 2013
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