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In this black and white photo, a white airplane with two sets of stacked wings with wires connecting them flies low to the ground. A man, Wilbur Wright, stands on the right with his back to the camera.

120th Anniversary of the First Powered, Controlled Flight

Orville Wright makes the first powered, controlled flight on Earth as his brother Wilbur looks on in this image taken at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903. Orville Wright covered 120 feet in 12 seconds during the first flight. The Wright brothers made four flights that day, each longer than the last.

Image Credit: Library of Congress

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