December 17 1903 Wright brothers make first powered flight

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Wright Brothers First Powered FlightOn December 17th 1903, the first successful flight of the Wright Flyer took place.

One of the biggest milestones in the evolution of commercial air flight, the Wright Flyer was the first powered aircraft, and the result of the Wright Brothers’ decade-long interest in aeronautical flight.

The Wright Flyer underwent two separate flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 14, and December 17.

The Wright Brothers created several gliders between 1900 and 1902, refining the process of flight control each time, until 1903 when they filed for a patent on the process.

In 1903, they created the Wright Flyer with a custom-made engine that had a high enough power-to-weight ratio in order to power an aircraft.

The engine mechanics borrowed heavily from their knowledge of bicycles, which they gained from owning a bicycle shop and their own brand of bicycles.

The flight on December 14 was piloted…

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