Historic photo of the Wrights’ third test glider being launched, with one man aboard and one to each side of the glider

The Wright brothers' 1902 test gliders were extremely important to the development of the first powered airplane. This photograph shows their third test glider being launched at Kill Devil Hills, N.C., on Oct. 10, 1902. Image Credit: NASA

      an aircraft that is like an airplane, except that it has no engine and is carried along by air currents

The space shuttle becomes a glider as it returns from space and prepares for landing on Earth.

Many people fly gliders in a hobby called hang gliding.

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