Pilot the Wright Brothers' Flyer

  • By Rick Groleau
  • Posted 11.11.03
  • NOVA

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright became the first aviators to make a controlled and sustained flight in a power-driven, heavier-than-air craft. In this interactive, explore the components of the Wright brothers' first airplane to learn how the Wrights' design provided lift and propulsion and enabled a pilot to make continual adjustments in response to changes in wind speed and direction.

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Explore the Wright brothers' first plane and discover how they steered it.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Wright Brother's Flying Machine.

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