Wright Brothers

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

1903 Wright Flyer

Visit the 1903 Wright Flyer at the Museum in Washington, DC.


Wilbur and Orville Wright in Dayton, Ohio
Learn more about the Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age in our online exhibition.


The Wright EX
Learn more about the Wright brothers and early flight by exploring our archived Lectures.


1909 Wright Military Flyer
Read through our blog to dive deep into the history of the Wright brothers.