1903 Wright Flyer

Date:
1903
Creator:
Wilbur Wright, (1867-1912), Orville Wright, (1871-1948)

The Wright brothers inaugurated the aerial age with the world's first successful flights of a powered heavier-than-air flying machine. The Wright Flyer was the product of a sophisticated four-year program of research and development conducted by Wilbur and Orville Wright beginning in 1899. After building and testing three full-sized gliders, the Wrights' first powered airplane flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, making a 12-second flight, traveling 36 m (120 ft), with Orville piloting. The best flight of the day, with Wilbur at the controls, covered 255.6 m (852 ft) in 59 seconds.

Description (physical):

H: 2.8m, W: 12.3m, L: 6.4m, Wt.: 605lbs. Canard biplane with one 12-horsepower Wright horizontal four-cylinder engine driving two pusher propellers via sprocket-and-chain transmission system. No wheels; skids for landing gear. Natural fabric finish; no sealant or paint of any kind. Material: Wood Fabric, Aluminum

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
A19610048000
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum