Kitty Hawk History
Wilbur and Orville Wright's Flyer was the first modern airplane.
On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the brothers flew the first
heavier-than-air machine in a powered, controlled, and sustained flight.
The Flyer, constructed of wood, wire, and muslin, completed four successful flights
that day with the longest covering 859 feet in 59 seconds. It was a tremendous effort,
coming after four years of aeronautics experiments that the Wright Brothers
started with a kite. Returning to Dayton, Ohio, it would take another two years
and two more designs before the first, practical airplane was invented.
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