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Fascinating facts about the invention of the
Airplane
by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903.

AIRPLANE
 
AT A GLANCE:
Orville and Wilbur Wright, American inventors and aviation pioneers, achieved the first powered, sustained, and controlled flight of an airplane.on the morning of December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, they developed their flying machine into the world's first practical fixed-wing aircraft, along with many other aviation milestones. Source: Invention Dimension
Invention: Airplane
Airplane Stamp, First Flight-Celebrate a Century courtesy USPS
Function: noun / air·plane
Definition: Winged vehicle capable of flight.The original Wright Flyer I cost less than a thousand dollars to construct. It had a wingspan of 40 feet, weighed 750 pounds and sported a 12 hp, 170 pound  engine.
Patent: 821,393 (US) issued May 22, 1906

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