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Wright Brothers

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Wright Brothers frieze in U.S. Capitol dome, Washington, D.C.
The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are credited with inventing, building and flying the world's the first successful airplane. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.​
"If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance." Orville Wright
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[Group including the Wright brothers]

[Group including the Wright brothers]

Wilbur Wright (no mustache) is in center of back row; Reuchlin Wright next to him, on the left; Lorin Wright is seated lower left. Title from reference print. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Referen... more

[The Wright brothers' camp near Kitty Hawk, taken from the north, two groups of trees to the left, side view of their tent to the right]

[The Wright brothers' camp near Kitty Hawk, taken from the north, two ...

Title based on reference print and information in: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 47. Attributed to Wilbur and/... more

[Closeup view of the Wright brothers' tent at Kitty Hawk, a half mile from Captain Tate's home]

[Closeup view of the Wright brothers' tent at Kitty Hawk, a half mile ...

Title based on: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 47. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy i... more

[View of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, photographed by the Wright brothers in the vicinity of their 1900 camp, where they conducted their first gliding experiments in October]

[View of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, photographed by the Wright brothe...

Title from: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 46. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy in LO... more

[Bertha Wright, age five, niece of the Wright brothers, daughter of Lorin Wright]

[Bertha Wright, age five, niece of the Wright brothers, daughter of Lo...

Title from: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 156. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy in L... more

[Helen Wright, age 12, niece of the Wright brothers, daughter of Reuchlin Wright]

[Helen Wright, age 12, niece of the Wright brothers, daughter of Reuch...

Title based on: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 156. Attributed to to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference co... more

[Bertha Wright, niece of the Wright brothers, daughter of Lorin Wright, age five]

[Bertha Wright, niece of the Wright brothers, daughter of Lorin Wright...

Title from: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 156. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy in L... more

[Distant view of the Wright brothers' camp at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina]

[Distant view of the Wright brothers' camp at Kitty Hawk, North Caroli...

Title based on: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 48. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy i... more

[Close-up view of the Wright brothers' camp at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina]

[Close-up view of the Wright brothers' camp at Kitty Hawk, North Carol...

Title based on: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 48. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy i... more

1902 Wright Brothers' Glider Tests

1902 Wright Brothers' Glider Tests

(October 10, 1902) Historic photo of the Wright brothers' third test glider being launched at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on October 10, 1902. Wilbur Wright is at the controls, Orville Wright is at left, ... more

The Wright Brothers' First Heavier-than-air Flight

The Wright Brothers' First Heavier-than-air Flight

Description (December 17, 1903) On December 17, 1903, at 10:30am at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, this airplane arose for a few seconds to make the first powered, heavier-than-air controlled flight in history. Th... more

Orville Wright in the Wright Flyer

Orville Wright in the Wright Flyer

This photo commemorates the first successful sustained powered flight by Orville Wright on December 17, 1903, in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Orville was at the controls and his brother, Wilbur, was runnin... more

Wilber and Orville Wright with Flyer II at Huffman Prairie

Wilber and Orville Wright with Flyer II at Huffman Prairie

(May 1, 1904) Wilbur and Orville Wright with the Flyer II at Huffman Prairie, outside of Dayton, Ohio, on May 1, 1904. ..The Wrights had a much more difficult time testing their aircraft at Huffman Prairie than... more

Wright Flyer Test Flights at Fort Myer, VA

Wright Flyer Test Flights at Fort Myer, VA

(September 3, 1908) The Wright Flyer demonstrations at Fort Myer, Virginia on September 3, 1908. In January 1908 the Wright Brothers submitted a bid to the U.S. War Department to design a plane for $25,000. Thi... more

Wright brothers aeroplane - patented plans, 1908

Wright brothers aeroplane - patented plans, 1908

Four plans: The top plan of the Wright aeroplane / drawings by W.B. Robinson from Wright Brothers' specification in the Patent Office; Fig. 1 - Wright flying machine; Fig. 3 - figures descriptives du brevet fra... more

[Long-range view of the Wright brothers' camp and Kitty Hawk Bay]

[Long-range view of the Wright brothers' camp and Kitty Hawk Bay]

Title from: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 60. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy in LO... more

[The remodeled 1905 Wright machine, altered to allow the operator to assume a sitting position and to provide a seat for a passenger, on the launching track at Kill Devil Hills. This is apparently the only photograph of this machine taken by the Wright brothers in 1908]

[The remodeled 1905 Wright machine, altered to allow the operator to a...

Title based on: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 60. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy i... more

[Long-range view of the Wright brothers' camp and Kitty Hawk Bay]

[Long-range view of the Wright brothers' camp and Kitty Hawk Bay]

Title from: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 60. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy in LO... more

The Wright Brothers Flyer arrives at Fort Myer, Virginia (VA) aboard a wagon, attracting the attention of children and adults

The Wright Brothers Flyer arrives at Fort Myer, Virginia (VA) aboard a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Myer, Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pub... more

Bystanders help extricate the mortally wounded US Army (USA) Lieutenant (LT) Thomas Selfridge from the wreck of the Wright Brothers Flyer after its crash at Fort Myer, Virginia (VA). At right, several men attend the injuries of Orville Wright, who lies on the ground at their feet

Bystanders help extricate the mortally wounded US Army (USA) Lieutenan...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Myer, Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pub... more

The Wright Brothers test fly their aircraft on Fort Myer's parade field. This series of test flights resulted in the Army purchasing its first aircraft. In the first flight, Sept. 9, 1908, Orville Wright kept the plane aloft 71 seconds. The second flight resulted in a crash that left Wright severely cut and bruised and his passenger, Army LT. Thomas Selfridge dead -- the first powered-aviation fatality. (Exact date shot UNKNOWN)

The Wright Brothers test fly their aircraft on Fort Myer's parade fiel...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Myer, Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pub... more

[The Wright brothers at the International Aviation Tournament, Belmont Park, Long Island, N.Y., Oct. 1910]

[The Wright brothers at the International Aviation Tournament, Belmont...

Photoprint copyrighted by Cole & Co. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card, and data transcribed from item.

Orville Wrights Test His Glider at Kitty Hawk, NC

Orville Wrights Test His Glider at Kitty Hawk, NC

(October 24, 1911) This photograph of Orville Wright in his glider at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, was taken on October 24, 1911. His new glider broke all the previous gliding records by actually soaring and sta... more

Airplanes - Historical - Wright Brothers' Aeroplane. Dayton-Wright Airplane Co. Plant, Dayton, Ohio. May 14 -18, 1918. Historical Note: The Wright Company manufactured aeroplanes under their own name until about 1916, then a merger was made with Glenn Martin to form the Wright Martin Company. Glenn Martin reformed that company under his name alone and the next appearance of the name Wright came soon after the opening of World War-1 when the Dayton Wright Co was formed. Their principal product was De Haviland airplanes (English design general purpose type). The aeroplane shown had been reframed by Orville Wright as his personal plane, but was not the property of D.W. Co. In this photo Orville has the controls; the plane is pitted with his automatic stabilizer

Airplanes - Historical - Wright Brothers' Aeroplane. Dayton-Wright Air...

Date Taken: 1918 Photographer: Dayton-Wright Airplane Co. Airplanes - Historical

Wright Brothers' 1903 Aeroplane Kitty Hawk in First Flight

Wright Brothers' 1903 Aeroplane Kitty Hawk in First Flight

Original caption: Original Wright Brothers' 1903 Aeroplane ("Kitty Hawk") in first flight, December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Orville Wright at controls. Wilbur Wright standing at right. (first flight was 12... more

Wright WF3W-1 Apache

Wright WF3W-1 Apache

Description (May 19, 1927) Wright WF3W-1 Apache: In its seaplane configuration, an NACA crew prepares the Wright XF3W-1 Apache for take off from the Little Back River. The Apache was used for engine and cowling... more

[Rear view of the Wright brothers' 1903 motor in the shop, January 1, 1928, before its shipment to the Science Museum in London on January 31, 1928]

[Rear view of the Wright brothers' 1903 motor in the shop, January 1, ...

Title based on: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 140. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy ... more

[Rear view of the Wright brothers' four-cylinder motor as installed in their 1903 airplane]

[Rear view of the Wright brothers' four-cylinder motor as installed in...

Title based on: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 140. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy ... more

[Rear view of the Wright brothers' four-cylinder motor as installed in their 1903 airplane]

[Rear view of the Wright brothers' four-cylinder motor as installed in...

Title based on: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 140. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy ... more

[Underside view of the Wright brothers' reconstructed 1903 motor]

[Underside view of the Wright brothers' reconstructed 1903 motor]

Title based on: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 139. Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. Reference copy ... more

Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop

Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop

(1937) After a brief stint in the printing business, Orville and Wilbur Wright decided to open a bicycle shop together. After initially only selling and repairing bicycles in Dayton, Ohio, the Wright brothers b... more

A replica of the 1911 Wright "B" flyer on display in front of a C-5A Galaxy aircraft to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Wright brothers historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The flyable replica was built by volunteers from the base and the Dayton area

A replica of the 1911 Wright "B" flyer on display in front of a C-5A G...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Wayne W. Specht Release Sta... more

A replica of the 1911 Wright "B" Flyer on display in front of a C-5A Galaxy aircraft to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Wright brothers historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The flyable replica was built by volunteers from the base and the Dayton area

A replica of the 1911 Wright "B" Flyer on display in front of a C-5A G...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Wayne W. Specht Release Sta... more

Wright Brothers National Memorial, located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine From 1900 to 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright came here from Dayton, Ohio, based on

Wright Brothers National Memorial, located in Kill Devil Hills, North ...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Wright Brothers frieze in U.S. Capitol dome, Washington, D.C.

Wright Brothers frieze in U.S. Capitol dome, Washington, D.C.

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Wright Brothers plane in the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Wright Brothers plane in the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Artwork: "The Wright Brothers at Ft. Myer - July 30, 1909". Artist: John McCoy, US Air Force Art Collection

Artwork: "The Wright Brothers at Ft. Myer - July 30, 1909". Artist: Jo...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, December 17, 1903"- Artist: John McCoy

Artwork: "The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, December 17, 1903"- Artis...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A close-up view of a marker commemorating the site of the hangar for the Wright Brothers flying school

A close-up view of a marker commemorating the site of the hangar for t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Maxwell Air Force Base State: Alabama (AL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Kit Thompson, USAF Release Status... more

A monument to the Wright Brothers, located at the Air University's Air Park

A monument to the Wright Brothers, located at the Air University's Air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Maxwell Air Force Base State: Alabama (AL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Kit Thompson, USAF Release Status... more

A close-up view of the figure seated at the control's of a metal aircraft commemorating the Wright Brothers, located at the Air University's Air Park

A close-up view of the figure seated at the control's of a metal aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Maxwell Air Force Base State: Alabama (AL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Kit Thompson, USAF Release Status... more

A monument to the Wright Brothers, located at the Air University's Air Park

A monument to the Wright Brothers, located at the Air University's Air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Maxwell Air Force Base State: Alabama (AL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Kit Thompson, USAF Release Status... more

An aerial view of the Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina looking towards the southwest after Hurricane Bonnie

An aerial view of the Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kit...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kitty Hawk State: North Carolina (NC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Tom Jaynes, Civilian Release Status: Releas... more

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brot...

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Life-size sculpture of the Wright brothers' first flight, bestowed on the National Park Service by the state of North Carolina in a dedication ceremony that was part of the events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Life-size sculpture of the Wright brothers' first flight, bestowed on ...

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President George Bush, left, with actor John Travolta at events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

President George Bush, left, with actor John Travolta at events markin...

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Actor John Travolta at events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Actor John Travolta at events marking the centennial of the first powe...

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North Carolina Governor Mike Easley speaking at dedication ceremony for life-size sculpture of the Wright brothers' first flight, at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The 10,000-pound bronze and stainless steel sculpture was presented as a gift from North Carolina tothe National Park Service, part of activities commemorating the centennial of the first powered flight

North Carolina Governor Mike Easley speaking at dedication ceremony fo...

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Actor John Travolta at events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Actor John Travolta at events marking the centennial of the first powe...

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Actor John Travolta at events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Actor John Travolta at events marking the centennial of the first powe...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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A crowd of some 34,000 aviation enthusiasts braved hours of bitter cold and drenching rains at the Wright Brother's National memorial hoping to witness the 100th anniversary reenactment of the "12 seconds that changed the world" at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (NC), on December 17, 2003. Members of the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) ma two attempts to repeat the historic event when at 10:35 one hundred years before, Orville and Wilbur Wright, from Ohio, first achieved power flight in a heavier than air aeroplane they signed and built in their bicycle shop. The prevailing winds that brought the brothers to Kitty Hawk weren't on hand at the Centennial of flight celebration, and...

A crowd of some 34,000 aviation enthusiasts braved hours of bitter col...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: A crowd of some 34,000 aviation enthusiasts braved hours of bitter cold and drenching rains at the Wright Brother's National mem... more

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Harry Combs, aviation pioneer and donor of 1903 Wright flyer replica to National Park Service, seated in wheelchair, with First Flight Society's Rex Peters behind him, astronaut Neil Armstrong to left, Park Service head Fran Mainella rear right, Secretary Gale Norton front right, at events marking centennial of first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Harry Combs, aviation pioneer and donor of 1903 Wright flyer replica t...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Pilot Kevin Kochersberger rides the Experimental Aviation Association's (EAA) 1903 Wright flyer reproduction down the 180 foot rail in his first attempt to reenact the "12 seconds that changed the world" during the Centennial of Flight celebration at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (NC), December 17, 2003. The prevailing winds that brought the brothers to Kitty Hawk for their flight experiments weren't on hand at the Centennial of flight celebration. Despite two attempts between storm fronts the EAA crew was only able to get their 1903 Wright flyer reproduction about six inches off its rail before crashing at the end before a crowd of some 34,000 aviation enthusiasts

Pilot Kevin Kochersberger rides the Experimental Aviation Association'...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kitty Hawk State: North Carolina (NC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Jim Varhegyi, USAF Release Status: Rel... more

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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President George Bush at events marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

President George Bush at events marking the centennial of the first po...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first powered flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Historical reenactment activities marking the centennial of the first ...

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