Origin of Famous Inventions and Inventors: The Airplane

About the origin of the invention of the airplane, history of how inventors Orville and Wilbur Wright first took flight.

THE INVENTION: The Airplane (1903)

THE INVENTORS: Orville and Wilbur Wright, U.S.

The 1st American airplane (aeroplane) was flown by its inventors, the Wright Brothers, December 17, 1903, on a sandy beach near Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, N.C. The 16-hp, chain-driven Flyer I, with Orville as pilot, soared 120'--at an airspeed of 30 to 35 mph and an altitude of 8' to 12'--in its 12-second maiden flight. The 4th flight that day lasted 59 seconds and spanned 852'.

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