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English: First flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m.; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Photograph shows the first powered, controlled, sustained flight.

SUMMARY: Negative shows Orville Wright at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright running alongside to balance the machine, has just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other items needed for flight preparation are visible behind the machine.

MEDIUM: 1 negative : glass, dry plate ; 5 × 7 in.

Forms part of: Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Date 17 December 1903
Source Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ppprs-00626 (digital file from original), uncompressed archival TIFF version (232 MiB), converted to JPEG (quality level 88) with GraphicsMagick 1.1.11.
Author Attributed to Wilbur Wright (1867–1912) and/or Orville Wright (1871–1948). Orville Wright preset the camera and had John T. Daniels squeeze the rubber bulb, tripping the shutter.
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