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Sidebar: Myths about the Wright Brothers
WILBUR AND ORVILLE WRIGHT (left and right), printers, bicycle mechanics, inventors of the powered airplane.
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In December 17, 1903, Orville Wright took off in a powered airplane, flew for 12 seconds and 120 feet, then bumped down into the sand. A century later we honor the date as an aviation milestone, but for that flight alone it is hard to argue that the Wrights were more successful than other inventors who had already flown farther (and crashed harder).