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Wright Flyer aircraft engine, 1903

Wright Flyer aircraft engine, 1903

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Caption

Wright Flyer aircraft engine. Underside view of a reconstruction of the motor used in 1903 by the Wright brothers in their pioneering aeroplane flights. US aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright produced a series of Wright aircraft models, starting with the first successful flight in a heaver-than-air machine (1903). The engine powered a sprocket chain drive (left) that connected to the propellers. It was a 12-horsepower 4-cylinder aluminium water-cooled engine. The engine was built by their engineer, Charlie Taylor (1868-1956). It was designed and built within 6 weeks, and weighed 69 kilograms. Photographed on 10 January 1928.

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