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Picture of Wright 1903 flyer
Picture of Wright 1903 flyer
1903 Wright Flyer
The First Successful Airplane - 1903 Marks the Year that the Wright Brothers Invented the First Successful Airplane
Buoyant over the success of their 1902 glider, the Wright brothers were no longer content to merely add to the growing body of aeronautical knowledge; they were going to invent the airplane. Still, they recognized that much hard work lay ahead, especially the creation of a propulsion system. During the spring and summer of 1903, they were consumed with leaping that final hurdle into history.

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft. The Wright brothers had invented the first successful airplane.
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Photo of Stopwatch

The Wrights used this stopwatch to time the Kitty Hawk flights.
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