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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Man's 1st motorized air flight

For weeks Orville and Wilbur Wright struggled through delays and mishaps at their camp in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Undeterred, they continued to experiment with different aircraft designs and fuel mixtures in their attempt at flight.

A coin toss settled that Orville would try again on December 17, 1903. Their diligence paid off as he flew their airplane 120 feet in 12 seconds at a speed of 7 miles per hour at an altitude of approximately 10 feet. The first motorized flight was witnessed by five members of the public and the age of air travel was born.

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