Orville and Wilbur Wright

Happy First Flight Day!

Today’s history moment is brought to you by the Library of Congress, which reminds us that:

In the morning of December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright took turns piloting and monitoring their flying machine in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Orville piloted the first flight that lasted just twelve seconds. On the fourth and final flight of the day, Wilbur traveled 852 feet, remaining airborne for 57 seconds. That morning the brothers became the first people to demonstrate sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine under the complete control of the pilot.

Read more about Orville and Wilbur’s big day – and what happened next.