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1906 The Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane
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Having spent nearly his entire life experimenting with flight by gliding, Wilbur Wright found himself in France with the opportunity of a lifetime. For brevity, I don’t find it necessary to outline the entire development of the Wright Flyer nor the brothers’ experiences at the famous Kitty Hawk hills, but it’s sufficient to say that after years and years of trial and experimentation, the first true powered aircraft capable of carrying a man-pilot was ready for exhibition that day at Le Mans in 1908. 978 more words
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During flight trials to win a contract from the U.S. Army Signal Corps, pilot Orville Wright and passenger Lt. Thomas Selfridge crash in a Wright Flyer at Fort Myer, Virginia.