Today is the 112th anniversary of the first Kitty Hawk flights

December 17th, 2015

112 years ago today, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft.


The first flight, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, lasted 12 seconds and traveled 120 feet. After three more successful flights, the aircraft was damaged and never flown again.


The first flights at Kitty Hawk proved to be the start of a revolution in travel, and demonstrated the American appetite for experimentation. Our modern space program can be traced back to the Wright Brothers’ flights. Thank you!

Learn more about the Wright Brothers here.

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