On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Wright brothers had invented the first successful airplane. Learn more about how the Wrights' impact on the 20th century below.
1903 Wright Flyer
Visit the 1903 Wright Flyer at the Museum in Washington, DC.