Source: Library of Congress Photo 2A13.
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Wright Brothers First Flight, 1903
Orville and Wilber Wright started to seriously study the art of flying in 1899. Their project involved the work of hundreds of volunteers for eight years. Many organizations contributed materials to aid in the constructions of the Wright "B" Flyer. The first draft of their airplane came in August of 1899. It was a two-winged kite with a wing span of 5 ft. The flight was a success, which encouraged other attempts. Based on the success of the flight in September of 1900 they built a 17ft glider which they tested at Kittyhawk, North Carolina. The glider flew well during optimal conditions only, not during wind storms. Between September 1901 and August 1902 the Wright brothers tested over 50 different planes until they had accurate data for building a third glider. It had a wing span of 32ft and pass nearly a thousand test gliding flights. On December 17th 1903, Orville Wright made the first flight with a self propelled airplane.