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Wright Flyer (replica)

Wright Flyer (replica)

Did You Know?

  • The Wright Flyer was the first successful airplane ever built.
  • It was designed and built by brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright.
  • On December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard.
  • With Orville as the pilot, it took off from a launching rail and flew for 12 seconds, with a distance of 120 feet.
  • The original Wright Flyer was constructed of spruce and ash, covered with muslin. It is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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