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Topic – The Wright Brothers

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The Wright Brothers

The Wright brothers were Orville and Wilbur. They built and flew the first plane. They made the first flight on record in 1903. Over the years, they worked to make better planes. Their work helped others make the planes we see today.

Early Life

Orville and Wilbur read many books. They loved to work on science projects. They made a printing press. Then they opened a bike shop. These projects helped them be better designers.

They made a heavier-than-air plane. It had a light engine. They made the plane so they could control it in the air.

The First Flight

In 1903, they flew their plane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Kitty Hawk had sand dunes so they could land softly. Orville was the pilot. Wilbur ran beside the wing. The first flight took 12 seconds at a speed of 11 kilometres per hour!

Over the years, they made better planes. In 1908, they made their longest flight. It was 2 hours and 19 minutes long.

You can visit the Wright Flyer in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.


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