World's First Military Airplane

Posted on Mon, May 30, 2016

In 1908, the U.S. Army was interested in the Wright brothers' airplanes and put out an advertisement for bids. The Wrights designed an airplane to meet the performance requirements but suffered a setback during the first flight test, when a propeller malfunction caused it to crash. They came back the next year with a new airplane and won the contract - making the 1909 Military Flyer it the world's first military airplane.

Credits: [Orville Wright at start of flight, Fort Meyer i.e. Myer, Va]. 1909. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

  • Orville Wright getting ready to fly

    Orville Wright at start of flight, Fort Meyer [i.e. Myer], Va.

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