Wright Brothers Solve the Problem of Flying

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Wright Brothers Solve the Problem of Flying

The Wright Brother's First Flight at Kitty Hawk

Solving the "Problem of Flying"

December 17, 1903

Wilber Wright

Orville Wright

"Wilbur started the fourth and last flight at just about 12 o'clock. The first few hundred feet were up and down, as before, but by the time three hundred feet had been covered, the machine was under much better control. The course for the next four or five hundred feet had but little undulation. However, when out about eight hundred feet the machine began pitching again, and, in one of its darts downward, struck the ground. The distance over the ground was measured to be 852 feet; the time of the flight was 59 seconds. The frame supporting the front rudder was badly broken, but the main part of the machine was not injured at all. We estimated that the machine could be put in condition for flight again in about a day or two."

"We experienced only partial success." "The power is ample, and but for a trifling error due to lack of experience with this machine and this method of starting, the machine would undoubtedly have flown beautifully."

The Wrights used this stopwatch to time the Kitty Hawk flights.

First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 17, 1903, Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip.


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