On This Day 1903 – The Wright Brothers Lift Off in Kitty Hawk

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It had to happen somewhere but a place near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was the setting for mankind’s first powered aircraft flight.

The brothers Wright, namely Orville and Wilbur, were originally from Dayton, Ohio, naming their flying machine ‘Wright Flyer’. It was effectively the first powered flight of an aircraft, ushering in the aeronautic age which has completely transformed our culture.

The true genius of the Wright brothers was their practical invention of proper controls for a fixed wing aircraft, allowing it to take off, maneuver in the air and land safely for the first time, all of which came to full fruition with their ‘Wright Flyer III’ a couple of years later.

copyright Francis Barker 2019

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