WRIGHT BROTHERS FIRST FLIGHT

December 17th, 1903

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WRIGHT BROTHERS FIRST FLIGHT 

The Wright Brothers make two solo flights each, in a motorized aircraft taking off from level ground into a headwind gusting to as much as 27 miles per hour on December 17, 1903,

The first flight, by Orville Wright, is 120 feet in length and lasts for 12 seconds.  The average speed of the flight is 6.8 miles per hour.  A photograph taken by John T. Daniels documents the event.

The next flight, by Wilbur Wright, covers approximately 175 feet.  This flight is followed by a third flight of 200 feet, made by Orville Wright.  The maximum altitude attained in these flights is approximately 10 feet above the ground.

The fourth and final flight is measured to be 852 feet in length with the time in the air being 59 seconds.  The average speed of this final flight of the day is 9.6 miles per hour.

The aircraft is damaged during the final flight and more severely a little later; this plane (the first ‘Wright Flyer’) never flew again.

Source #1, Source #2, Google Maps.