Orville Wright

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Orville Wright
American inventor and builder of the world’s first successful airplane

“In just six weeks from the time the design was started, we had the motor on the block testing its power.”

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Birth/birthplace:
August 19, 1871
Dayton, Ohio

Death/death place:
January 30, 1948
Dayton Ohio

Nickname:
“Father of Modern Aviation”

KNOWN FOR
Orville Wright and his elder brother, Wilbur Wright, were the inventors of the world’s first successful airplane. The brothers successfully conducted the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven airplane on December 17, 1903. They subsequently became successful businessmen, filling contracts for airplanes in both Europe and the United States.

AIRCRAFT FLOWN
The first practical fixed-wing aircraft.

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LIVING HISTORY PERFORMER
: Jim Kemper


FAST FACTS

  • Co-Owner Wright Cycle Company.
  • Orville and his brother Wilbur invented the airplane.
  • First flight by Orville was 12 seconds long and covered 120 feet.
  • Longest flight by Wilbur was 59 seconds and covered just over 800 feet.
  • All the flights took off with a person, sustained flight and landed at least high as their take off elevation

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First flight.

MILESTONES

  • Four successful flights on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


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