Wright Flyer, 1903.

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Wright Flyer, 1903.

View of the replica of the first Wright Brothers' aeroplane, showing the propellers. Orville Wright (1871-1948) and his brother Wilbur (1867-1912) were self-taught American aeroplane pioneers. They became the first to fly in a heavier-than-air machine, when on 17th December 1903 their aeroplane 'Flyer' made a successful sustained flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Encouraged by this, they abandoned their cycle business and patented their flying machine, and in 1909 formed an aircraft production company.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 18:08
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Science Museum

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