23 Photos of the Wright Brothers' Flights

Wilbur Wright pilots a full-size glider down the steep slope of Big Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on October 10, 1902. This model was the third iteration of the Wright brothers’ early gliders. Rare Historical Photos
Wilbur Wright at the controls of the damaged Wright Flyer, on the ground after an unsuccessful trial on December 14, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Rare Historical Photos
Wright Flyer I, built in 1903, front view. This machine was the Wright brothers’ first powered aircraft. The airplane sported two 8 foot wooden propellers driven by a purpose-built 12 horsepower engine. Rare Historical Photos
A close-up view of a Wright airplane, 1911. Rare Historical Photos
The remodeled 1905 Wright machine, altered to allow the operator to assume a sitting position and to provide a seat for a passenger, on the launching track at Kill Devil Hills in 1908. Rare Historical Photos
Front view of flight 41, Orville flying to the left at a height of about 60 feet; Huffman Prairie, Dayton, Ohio, September 29, 1905. Rare Historical Photos
The Wright Brothers fly over horse drawn carraiges. Pinterest
Wilbur Wright makes a 33-minute-long flight during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in New York in 1909. A feat witnessed by hundreds of thousands of New York residents. Rare Historical Photos
Siblings Orville Wright, Katharine Wright, and Wilbur Wright at Pau, France. Miss Wright about to be taken for her first ride in an airplane. February 15, 1909. Rare Historical Photos


Orville Wright during proving flights for the U.S. Army at Fort Myer, Virginia, in July of 1909. The Wright brothers were able to sell their airplane to the Army’s Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps. Rare Historical Photos
Troops of the U.S. Army Signal Corps rush to the site of a crashed plane to recover the pilot Orville Wright and his passenger, Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge, who died from his injuries, from the wreckage on September 17, 1908. Rare Historical Photos
Wilbur Wright flies a Wright Model A by the Statue of Liberty during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909. Pinterest