Item Identifier Number
MS-1: Wright Brothers Collection
The first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight. Orville Wright is piloting the Wright 1903 Flyer while Wilbur runs beside and watches the take off. Note on reverse in Orville Wright's handwriting: "The start of the first flight in the history of the world Dec. 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Wind 27 miles per hour. Total weight including operator 750 lbs. Motor 12 h.p. Speed through the air 30 miles per hour."
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ms1_16_2_10; Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; Footprints; Kill Devil Hills (N.C.); Wright, Orville, 1871-1948; Coil boxes; Wright 1903 Flyer; Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912; First powered flight; Launch rail; Airplanes--Take off; Benches; Two-wheeled truck; Flight; Gasoline cans; Shovels