Wilbur Wright life and biography

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Wilbur Wright biography

Date of birth : 1867-04-16
Date of death : 1912-05-30
Birthplace : Dayton, Ohio, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Science and Technology
Last modified : 2011-10-26
Credited as : inventor, flying machine, aviation pioneers

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Wilbur Wright was an American inventor. He is credited to have inventing and building along with his brother Orville the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.

Orville and Wilbur Wright, American inventors and aviation pioneers, achieved the first powered, sustained, and controlled flight of an airplane. Wilbur first became interested in the idea of mechanical flight after reading of Otto Lilienthal's successful gliding experiments in Germany. From these studies and observations, the Wrights built their first machine in 1899. It was a biplane kite which they fitted with wings that could be mechanically twisted.

Before attempting a powered flight, they decided to master gliding and built three biplane gliders, which they flew at Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

They completed their first powered machine, the Kitty Hawk, in 1903, and made history's first powered, sustained and controlled airplane flights from level ground without any assistance at takeoff on the morning of December 17, 1903. In 1908 they were able to conclude an agreement for production of the Wright airplane for the U.S. Army. Wilbur made the first public flight on August 8,1908 in France and continued his exhibition flights there to the end of that year.


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