The 1903 Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with Orville Wright as pilot, the airplane took off from a launching rail and flew for 12 seconds and a distance of 120 feet. The airplane was flown three more times that day, with Orville and his brother Wilbur alternating as pilot.
Source and Links:
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Wright Brothers, PBS.
Fully assembled, Handcrafted Model Airplane with Removable
Wood Desk Stand.
Wing Span: 15".