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1903 - Wright Brothers' First Flight

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Title: 1903 - Wright Brothers' First Flight


About: Thanks to the efforts and brilliant engineering minds of the Wright brothers, humanity launched itself into the skies with the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered aircraft.


Orville Wright piloted the first flight 20 feet above a wind-swept beach in North Carolina, which lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Three more flights were made that day with Orville’s brother Wilbur piloting the record flight lasting 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet. 

The engineering of the Wright Flyer was impressive, but it was the brothers' devotion to the dream of flight that made them true aviation pioneers. In Wilbur’s words, “It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” Accordingly, they trained themselves as the first true pilots, sending their prototypes on thousands of practice 'glides' before attempting powered flight. Through those experiments, they solved the problem of sustained lift, and more importantly, they learned how to control an aircraft while in flight.

No automobile manufacturer could supply an engine both light enough and powerful enough for their needs. Undaunted, the brothers designed and built their own. All of their hard work, experimentation and innovation came together on a windy December day, as they took to the sky and wrote themselves into the history books.

Decade: 1900s

Year: 1903

Region: North America

Country: USA

Discovery: Invention

Type: Historical Event

Impact: 9

Artist: Vlad Nikulin


Date Created: 11/05/2021

Group: Genesis

Number: 008/100

Price: 0.2 ETH


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