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Wright brothers Kitty Hawk glider, 1902

Wright brothers Kitty Hawk glider, 1902

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Wright brothers Kitty Hawk glider. Launch of a test flight of the 1902 glider built and flown on beaches near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA, by US aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. Orville Wright (1871-1948) is piloting the glider. Wilbur Wright (centre, 1867-1912) and local fisherman Daniel Tate are holding the ends of the glider. The Wrights carried out a series of glider tests from 1900 to 1902, prior to their first successful flight in a heaver-than-air machine (17 December 1903). This glider design includes a rebuilt single vertical rudder. Hundreds of glides took place in 1902, the longest of 190 metres took 26 seconds. Photographed on 10 October 1902.

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