Wright Flyer, 1903.

Image number: 10216054

Wright Flyer, 1903.

Diorama featuring a model (scale 1:10) of the aircraft in which Orville Wright (1871-1948) and Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) made the world's first controlled and powered flights on 17th December 1903. The brothers developed a flying machine and learned to fly over several years using gliders before fitting an engine. The original Wright Flyer was placed in the Science Museum by Orville Wright in 1928, but was returned to the United States in 1948. This diorama represents the Wright Flyer on the wooden launching track just before taking off on its first flight, at Kill Devil Hills, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the United States.

Image number:
10216054
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:11
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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