Wilbur and Orville Wright
Problem Solvers
  Isn't it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them.
About the Innovators

Bringing their in-born talents as engineers to bear on the problem of flight, Wilbur and Orville Wright created the world's first successful airplane-and paved the way for the global aviation industry we know  today.

Why They Innovated

Wilbur and Orville Wright were superbly practical innovators: They looked at all the evidence, verified information that others provided, and systematically tackled the big “problem of flight” one smaller sub-problem at a time.

The Complete Curator Interview on Wilbur and Orville Wright

On December 14, 1903, Wilbur won a coin toss and made the first attempt to fly their latest machine. He stalled it on take-off, causing some minor damage. The plane was repaired, and Orville made the next attempt on December 17. At 10:35 a.m., he made the first heavier-than-air, machine powered flight in the world. In a flight lasting only 12 seconds and covering just 120 feet, Orville did what men and women had only dreamed of doing for centuries, he flew.


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