Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tonight's Sky for December 17: First Powered Flight (1903)

It was on this date in 1903 that the Wright Brothers made the first powered flight in human history. While earlier flights had been made with hot air balloons, the first heavier than air flight was a milestone for the simple reason that many people thought that it could never be done in the first place. While Orville Wright only got the Flyer a few feet off the ground for 12 seconds and traveled only about 120 feet, it was the root of all flight to follow, which would culminate in Apollo 11's Moon landing in 1969.

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