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The result was the Wright Flyer – a biplane made out of wood. The engine was custom
built, and they even carved the propellers by hand. People were amazed and couldn’t
wait to snap pictures of the Wright Brother’s airplane.
The First Flight
On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers decided to test their flying machine just
outside of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Winds of over 20 miles per hour helped to gather
the airspeed necessary for takeoff, and soon Orville was in the air – the first man to ever
accomplish such a an amazing feat.
In-air photos are some of the most popular of all Wright brothers’ airplane pictures.
The first flight lasted 12 seconds, and the plane travelled a mere 120 feet – but this
proved that piloted flight of an engine-powered aircraft was possible. The Wright
brothers improved upon the plane to create the Wright Flyer II, and in less than a year
they were able to accomplish a flight of over five minutes.