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The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans 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


Le 5 octobre 1908 dans le ciel : Wilbur Wright fait voler MM. Léon Bollée et Léon Pellier

Le 28 septembre 1908 dans le ciel : Wilbur Wright multiplie les performances

Wilbur Wright after flight. It was taken in 1909.


October 5, 1905: Wilbur Wright pilots the Wright Flyer III in a circling flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes near Dayton, Ohio, a world record that would stand until 1908.

Wilbur Wright, age 38, about 1905; one of the earliest published photographs of him.

Flight 1903 On December 17, 1903, two bicycle mechanics from Ohio realized one of humanity’s wildest dreams: For 12 seconds they were possessed of true flight. Before the day ended, Orville and Wilbur Wright would keep their wood-wire-and-cloth Flyer aloft for 59 seconds. Sober citizens knew that only birds used wings to take to the air, so without being at the site, near Kitty Hawk, N.C., or seeing this photo, few would have believed the Wrights’ story. Although it had taken age...

Wilbur Wright in prone position in damaged flying machine on ground after unsuccessful trial of December 14, 1903; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867 near Hagerstown, Indiana. He was close friends with my husbands great great grand parents.