TIME.com FeatureTHE WRIGHTS TAKE FLIGHT, Dec. 17, 1903
Since the late 1800s, the prospect of powered flight infatuated the country's top scientists and engineers. And then a couple of bike shop owners beat them to the punch. Three days after Wilbur Wright failed to get the Flyer off the ground, brother Orville took controls and flew for 12 seconds at a makeshift hangar at Kill Devil Hills in Kitty Hawk, N.C. The brothers made three more flights that day the longest by Wilbur was 59 seconds for a distance of 852 feet before a gust of wind rolled the Flyer over as they were taking it back to camp. The plane was a wreck, but history was already made.
Since then we've had many aviation milestones, from long distance flights all the way up to the International Space Station and Martian exploration.
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