[First flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m.; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina] (LOC)

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Where: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948, USA

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When: 01 January 1903

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[First flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m.; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina]

[1903 Dec. 17]

1 negative : glass, dry plate ; 5 x 7 in.

Photograph shows the first powered, controlled, sustained flight. Orville Wright at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright running alongside to balance the machine, has just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other items needed for flight preparation are visible behind the machine. (Orville Wright preset the camera and had John T. Daniels squeeze the rubber bulb, tripping the shutter.)

Title and subject note from: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 57.
Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright.
Restricted access. Please use digital image or other reference copy. Original negative is too fragile to serve.
Forms part of: Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Published in: The tradition of technology : Landmarks of Western technology ... / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1995, p. 286.
Published in: American treasures in the Library of Congress. New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1997, p. 96.
Published in: Eyes of the nation : a visual history of the United States / Vincent Virga and curators of the Library of Congress. New York : Knopf, 1997.
Library of Congress prints and photographs: an illustrated guide / Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1995, p. 19.
Published in: Viewpoints; a selection from the pictorial collections of the Library of Congress .... Washington : Library of Congress ..., 1975, no. 49.

Wright, Orville,--1871-1948.
Wright, Wilbur,--1867-1912.
Airplanes--North Carolina--Kitty Hawk--1900-1910.
Firsts--North Carolina--Kitty Hawk--1900-1910.

Format: Dry plate negatives--1900-1910.

Rights Info: No known restriction on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright (DLC) 00649999

For more information about this collection, see www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wri

Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppprs.00626

Call Number: LC-W86- 35


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    Cassies grandma

    • 02/Apr/2010 21:25:28


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    • 04/Apr/2010 04:00:13

    Talk about history recorded!

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    [email protected]

    • 05/Apr/2010 02:32:30

    CALLAO. Principal puerto del PERÚ. Por sus condiciones propicias en clima estable terrenos llanos vientos constanres , fue siempre propício para el vuelo, actividades aeras

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    Gia Levrini

    • 24/Apr/2010 01:14:02

    From this to man walking on the moon in only 66 years! Amazing!

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    • 03/May/2010 19:27:38

    The grand daughter of John T. Daniels, the man that squeezes the bulb to take the picture, is a retired school teacher who has lived in Raleigh, NC for many years. She reports that this is the first and last picture that her grandfather ever took. He had never seen a camera before this day.

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    Pixel Wrangler

    • 03/May/2013 17:32:48

    From National Geographic News today (May 3, 2013): Wright Brothers Flight Legacy Hits New Turbulence Aviation periodical proclaims Gustave Whitehead flew the first airplane. "An iconic piece of American history took a nosedive when the 100th-anniversary issue of an annual aviation bible known as Jane's All the World's Aircraft displaced the Wright brothers as the first fathers of flight. "The new name in town is Gustave Whitehead, a German-born inventor many have long believed took to the air more than two years before Orville and Wilbur even left the ground at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903."   [More]

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