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Orville and Wilbur Wright, American mechanics and inventors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, who achieved the first sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine — what we today call an airplane. Their flight was made at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.

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  • The general history of the flight engines used by the wright brothers is quite fascinating and fortunately rather well recorded.

  • The honour, second only to that of the wright brothers, remains with Bleriot.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
  • Unfortunately, no evidence of the wright brothers themselves on this point is available.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
  • On these plains the (p. 111) wright brothers had made some of their earliest French flights.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • Our country did indeed produce the wright brothers, pioneers and true conquerors of the air with airplanes.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • It is a great story, this of the wright brothers, and one worth all the detail that can be spared it.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
  • The wright brothers, however, were received with glad foreign embrace.

    Defenseless America Hudson Maxim
  • It was the ideal flying machine, sought since the wright brothers conquered the air ten years before.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor

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