Orville Wright mans the controls of the Wright Flyer in 1908, five years after he made the world's first successful, sustained flight. The Wright brothers' experiments with heavier-than-air flight had launched Flyer I on December 17, 1903 near Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The first flight lasted about 12 seconds, and the plane traveled 36.5 m (120 ft) at an altitude of roughly 3 m (9.9 ft) and an airspeed of 48 km/h (30 mi/h). Wilbur Wright made a longer, 59-second flight later on the same day.
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