Wright Flyer

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Wright Flyer

The world's first successful airplane, the Wright Flyer flew four times on December 17, 1903. Shortly after its last flight, a gust of wind overturned and wrecked the fragile machine. It never flew again. The airplane was restored in 1927 and again in 1984-85. The fabric was replaced both times, but most of the rest of the airplane is original.

Image Number: 2002-19481
Credit: Image by Eric Long, Smithsonian Institution
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