1903 Wright Flyer Richard Anemometer and Stopwatch

Metal circular wind mechanism attached to wooden frame in 1903 Wright Flyer
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The Wright brothers inaugurated the aerial age with the world's first successful flights of a powered heavier-than-air flying machine. The Wright Flyer was the product of a sophisticated four-year program of research and development conducted by Wilbur and Orville Wright beginning in 1899. After building and testing three full-sized gliders, the Wrights' first powered airplane flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, making a 12-second flight, traveling 36 m (120 ft), with Orville piloting. The best flight of the day, with Wilbur at the controls, covered 255.6 m (852 ft) in 59 seconds. Highlighted in this image are a richard anemometer to  record airspeed and a stopwatch to time the flights.

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02/27/2017

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Eric Long

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A19610048000-NASM2018-10797

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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