Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 27: Wright Brothers Flight

On this date in History .... July 27, 1909:  

Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1hour and 12minutes. Wilbur was born in Millville (between New Castle and Hagerstown Indiana). Orville was born near Dayton Ohio.  With Lt. Frank P. Lahm as his passenger, Orville flies for one hour, 12 minutes, 37 4/5 seconds. The flight fulfills the Army's requirements of remaining in air for an hour carrying two persons and establishes the record for two-man flight. It is witnessed by President Taft, his cabinet, and other public officials as well as an estimated crowd of ten thousand spectators at Fort Meyer.

Looking back on his childhood, Orville once commented that he and his brother had "special advantages...we were lucky enough to grow up in a home environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever aroused their curiosity." (quote source:

Neither brother received a high school diploma, attended college or married.

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