National Aviation Day, a holiday established by president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939 to celebrate developments in aviation. The date selected was the birth date of aviation pioneer Orville Wright, who, along with his older brother Wilbur, is credited with inventing and building the world’s first practical fixed-wing aircraft and making the first controlled, powered and sustained flight more than a hundred years ago. 63 more words
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On December 17, 1903, from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, bicycle shop owner Orville Wright telegraphed his father the following: “Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from Level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 seconds inform press home Christmas.” With this, he and brother Wilbur ascended into esteem as the inventors and pilots of the first engine powered airplane – The Flyer. 224 more words
Back in the early 20th century, everyone in the United States was pursuing powered flight like the dot coms of the 1990s.
In this pursuit, one man, Samuel Pierpont Langley, had what we assume to be the recipe for success. 540 more words