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 Wright runs and watches the take off. Note on reverse in Orville's handwriting: "First flight of first motor machine, Dec. 17, 1903, near Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, N.C. Against a wind of 24 miles an hour. This picture represents the machine just after starting from the rail established for acquiring initial velocity but no thrust was given outside of its own power."
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Photographic print, black and white
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
ms1_16_2_13; Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; Wright, Orville, 1871-1948; Benches; Wright 1903 Flyer; First powered flight; Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912; Launch rail; Kill Devil Hills (N.C.); Footprints; Airplanes--Take off; Flight; Two-wheeled truck; Shovels; Coil boxes; Gasoline cans