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Wright brothers' flight photograph
Description: This image shows Orville (1871-1948) and Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) on board one of the aircraft they built. They are sitting while flying the machine, which appears to be a later model of the various "flying machines" they designed. This image has a slender black border and a typeset caption that reads: "Another View of the Wright Aeroplane in the Air." It likely is a photographic reproduction of a printed image in a book or magazine. An exact copy of this image appears in "The World's Work: A History of Our Time," Vol. 16 (May 1908 to October 1908), p. 10729. "The World's Work" was a monthly magazine published by Walter Hines Page from 1900 to 1932. On December 14, 1903, the Wright brothers were ready to test the aircraft they had built. With Wilbur at the controls, the experiment failed and the plane sustained minor damage. After repairing the aircraft, they tried again on December 17. This time, with Orville piloting, the plane stayed in the air for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. The length and duration of the flight were not much by today's standards, but the Wright brothers had demonstrated that sustained flight in a heavier-than-air craft was possible. The brothers tested their aircraft three more times that day with increasing levels of success. The final flight of the day carried Wilbur 852 feet in 59 seconds. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL06609
Subjects: Wright, Orville, 1871-1948; Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912; Flying-machines; Aviation--History
Places: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)