December 17th Wright Brothers Day

Before the Wright brothers were aviators they built and repaired bicycles. They are credited with building the first airplane with a steering control system. Many, many other claim to have built airplanes before them but apparently none had a controlling system that allowed the airplane to turn or control it’s altitude.


Their first successful flight was on December 17th, 1903. It was not their first attempt to fly. In fact they had been building airplanes for years before they got their idea; “Off the ground”. It was successful on the 17th for 12seconds before it crashed landed in such away that Wilbur and Orville were able to walk away from it.


The above drawing is of their attempts prior to, and including, the 1903 successful model. It occurred just outside of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina not only making them a legend but creating the town with a tourism base for years to come.

Wilbur Wright, American pioneer in aviation, and Paul Zens, famous French flier, preparing for two man flight in Le Mans, France, September 16, 1908.

Not too shabby for a couple of guys that could have been bicycle mechanics for the rest of their lives! the world owes them a lot, whether they were actually the first to build an airplane or not. December 17th has been celebrated as Wright Brothers Day since 1963.


How to celebrate – Visit Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to see where the first successful flight took place. Read up on the Wright Brothers who had quite an interesting life. Try and imagine our lives today without the airplane.


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