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.”
August 19, 1871
January 30, 1948
“Father of Modern Aviation”
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.
The first practical fixed-wing aircraft.
LIVING HISTORY PERFORMER: Jim Kemper