Old North State Patriots

First Airplane Flies at Kitty Hawk

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Old North State Patriots
Date
12.17.2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Author
Jim Meyer

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Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully made the first flight in history, with a self-propelled, heavier-than-air machine.

On this day in history, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully made the first flight in history, with a self-propelled, heavier-than-air machine. At 10:35 a.m. near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville ran the aircraft down a monorail track and into the air, staying airborne for 12 seconds and flying 120 feet.

Wilbur and Orville ran three more tests that day, alternating turns on who was flying the aircraft. Wilbur flew the final flight, staying aloft for 59 seconds and covering 852 feet.

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