December 17, 1903: The Wright Brothers Take Flight
110 years ago today, on December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright became the first aviators to make a controlled and sustained flight in a power-driven, heavier-than-air craft. After years of experimenting with gliders, the brothers flew their aircraft for 12 seconds above the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Their major breakthrough, the discovery of three-axis control, remains a fundamental basic in flight.
Explore the Wright brothers’ first plane and discover how they steered it with NOVA's Wright Brothers Flyer interactive.
Photo: The Wright Brothers’ first flight, with Orville piloting the plane and Wilbur running alongside (John T. Daniels/National Park Service).
In honor of my awesome brother’s birthday today, this Bro Hug goes out to him! #adventuretime #brohug #freshtrees88