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The Wright brothers' first powered flight

The Wright brothers' first powered flight

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Caption

Photograph of the first powered flight, made by Orville Wright on 17 December 1903 near Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA. Wright can be seen lying on the lower wing of the 12 horse-power, chain-driven Flyer I. This photo was taken as the aircraft left the ground at the end of the take-off rail visible at left. The flight lasted for about 12 seconds, covering a distance of 36.5 metres at an airspeed of 48 kilometres/hour, a groundspeed of 10.9 kilometres/hour and an altitude of 2.5 to 3.5 metres.

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