The Curtiss NC-4, which flew from the U.S. to England via Newfoundland, the Azores, and Portugal, May 1919.

The Curtiss NC-4, which flew from the U.S. to England via Newfoundland, the Azores, and Portugal, May 1919.

Curiosities: More Rare and Amazing Historical Photos

Curiosities: More Rare and Amazing Historical Photos

The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who were credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft.

The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who were credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft.

Wilbur and Orville Wright's plane the Wright Flyer I, took flight on December 17, 1903.

Wilbur and Orville Wright's plane the Wright Flyer I, took flight on December 17, 1903.

First Flight - The world changed at 10:35 AM, on December 17, 1903 on the north side of Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was at that moment that the Wright Brother’s "Wright Flyer", with Orville Wright at the controls, lifted off in sustained, controlled flight.

First Flight - The world changed at 10:35 AM, on December 17, 1903 on the north side of Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was at that moment that the Wright Brother’s "Wright Flyer", with Orville Wright at the controls, lifted off in sustained, controlled flight.

December 17, 1903: Orville Wright pilots the Wright Flyer in the first successful flight of a powered heavier-than-air flying machine at Kitty Hawk, NC. This first flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 36 m (120 ft).  Wilbur Wright is pictured at right.

December 17, 1903: Orville Wright pilots the Wright Flyer in the first successful flight of a powered heavier-than-air flying machine at Kitty Hawk, NC. This first flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 36 m (120 ft). Wilbur Wright is pictured at right.

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made history by flying the first manned, motorized, heavier-than-air “flying machine” at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Through imagination, hard work, and years of research and experimentation,...

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made history by flying the first manned, motorized, heavier-than-air “flying machine” at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Through imagination, hard work, and years of research and experimentation,...

The Wright Brothers made the first airplane. My 6th cousins 6 times removed. Our common ancestor is SAMUEL WRIGHT born 29 Jun 1606, my 11th great grandfather in my Fathers Drouillard Lineage.

The Wright Brothers made the first airplane. My 6th cousins 6 times removed. Our common ancestor is SAMUEL WRIGHT born 29 Jun 1606, my 11th great grandfather in my Fathers Drouillard Lineage.

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