The Wright brothers' conquest of the air didn't come easily. With hard work, you too can accomplish great things! Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Dec. 17, 1903. It was a bitterly cold and windy day. Only a handful of observers came out to watch what many thought would be the Wright brothers' failure. Orville Wright climbed in the awkward looking machine and Wilbur started up the new Wright engine. Then it happened - the feat men had dreamed of for so long - man flew through the air in a plane powered by its own engine! That history making first flight only lasted 12 seconds. But it was the fulfillment of their dream of many years, and tears of joy streamed down Orville's face.
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