The Wright Brothers put the first heavier-than-air craft into flight with mechanical propulsion on December 17, 1903, at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The flight that lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet is commemorated on December 17 as Wright Brothers Day.
Wilbur and Orville Wright, neither of whom had a high school diploma or training in the field of engineering, built their own plane, which they named the Wright Flyer. Other people claimed the honor of building and flying an aircraft, but the Wright Brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that ushered in the development of fixed- winged flight. The Wright Brothers laid the foundations of modern aeronautics.
The brothers were also beacons of innovation and perseverance. They failed time and time again but kept pursuing their dreams and honoring their convictions. There was no existing information about flying a heavier-than-air craft when they started toying with the idea of a contraption that could fly. You might say that their creative minds allowed them to develop something out of nothing.
Great innovators like the Wright Brothers have changed the tilt of modern life. They have given us developments like photovoltaic cells, green electrical power converters, smart electrical grids, virtual and augmented reality, wireless wearable technology and more.
The aeronautics industry has come a long way since the first Wright Brothers flight. Today’s aircrafts would have been incomprehensible to people living in the brothers’ generation. What was cutting-edge technology in their day has long been surpassed, but credit will forever be given to the Wright Brothers for their pioneering spirit and the advances that they set in motion.