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First Flight, December 17, 1903
Orville Wright piloted the first flight ever of a heavier-than-air machine

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Wilbur and Orville Wright's First Flight
December 17, 1903

"For some years, I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life." Three years after Wilbur Wright wrote those words, he and his brother Orville put their belief in flight to the test in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Did their attempt to fly an airplane they had built in sections in the back room of their Dayton, Ohio bicycle shop cost Wilbur his life?

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