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Title: First flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m.; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina Summary: Orville Wright at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright running alongside to balance the machine, has just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other items needed for flight preparation are visible behind the machine.

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English: Early Wright brother’s airplanes explored basic principles of flight. The Wright brothers are widely credited with engineering the first aircraft capable of sustained powered flight.

Wright brothers

US inventors *** Smithsonian Stories of the Wright flights *** National Park Service, Wright Brothers' Memorial *** PBS Nova: The Wright Brothers' Flying Machines

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Medium: 1 negative : glass, dry plate ; 5 x 7 in.

Photographer: John T. Daniels

Created/Published: [1903 Dec. 17]


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