Who Were Wilbur and Orville?
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By the time they returned from Kitty Hawk in 1902, the Wright brothers knew they had solved the crucial problems of mechanical flight. They immediately began the process of obtaining their basic flying machine patent, which they first filed in March 1903. It took more than three years for the patent to be granted.
Patent Document
Wright Patent
U.S. Patent 821,393, was granted on May 22, 1906, to Wilbur and Orville Wright for “new and useful improvement in Flying Machines.” Note that these drawings that appeared in the patent are of a glider, not a powered airplane. The Wright airplane patent—the basis for their many later patent infringement suits—was for the 1902 glider, not the more famous airplane of 1903.
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"Isn’t it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many just so that we could discover them!!”
Orville Wright
June 7, 1903