The Wright Brothers
Orville: Aug 19 1871-Jan 30 1948
Wilber: April 16 1867-May 30 1912
The Wright Brothers enjoyed an illustrious career as aviators, engineers, inventors and aviation pioneers, generally credited with inventing, building and flying the world’s first successful airplane.
On December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilber and Orville made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft.
Working for years in their shop, the brothers gained the mechanical skills essential for their success. They’d had vast experience with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery, ultimately leading to the breakthrough development of three-axis control, enabling the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively to maintain equilibrium.
In 1908, after much European skepticism and doubt about the Brother’s claims of conquering the skies, they came to France and personally demonstrated controlled flight, thus securing their place in history throughout the world.