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.
Learn more about the Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age in our online exhibition.
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