Trains, Boats & Planes | 1 March 2016Timeline of the 1903 Wright Flyer Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Aviation would not be where it is today without the Wright Brothers. Their creation of the first successful airplane is one that amazed and inspired. Milestones of Flight chronicles the timeline of the 1903 Wright Flyer. Orville and Wilbur Wright inaugurated the aerial age on December 17, 1903, withtheir successful first flights of a heavier-than-air flying machine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Their airplane, known as the Wright Flyer, sometimes referred to as the Kitty Hawk Flyer, was the product of a sophisticated four-year program of research and development conducted by the Wright brothers beginning in 1899. Their seminal accomplishment not only encompassed the breakthrough first flight of an airplane, during the design and construction of their experimental aircraft, the Wrights also pioneered many of the basic tenets and techniques of modern aeronautical engineering, such as the use of a wind tunnel and flight testing as design tools. Timeline of the 1903 Wright Flyer 1878 Milton Wright gives toy helicopter to sons Orville and Wilbur 1899 May 30: Wright brothers contact Smithsonian for aeronautical data to begin their research 1903 December 17: Wrights achieve first powered heavier-than-air human flight 1913 March: Flyer is damaged by flood in Dayton, Ohio 1916 Summer: Orville Wright repairs Flyer for display at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1928 Orville Wright lends Flyer to Science Museum in London over controversy with Smithsonian Institution 1938-1945 Flyer stored in Corsham, England, to protect from damage 1948 January: Orville Wright dies and bequeaths Flyer to Smithsonian December: Flyer goes on display at Smithsonian 1985 Smithsonian performs conservation work on Flyer and replaces fabric covering Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Experience the history of flight with the world-class aviation collection at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, which attracts millions and millions of visitors each year in Washington, D.C. From the moment the Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903 to the modern-day reliance on stealth aircraft and drones, there have been significant advances made in aviation. Milestones of Flight celebrates each era of advancements by showcasing the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s world-class aircraft collection. Authored by Dr. Robert van der Linden, a leading expert on aviation and Chairman of the Aeronautics Department at the NASM, this book is a stunning profile of the advancements in flight from decade to decade, illustrated with beautiful, large-scale photography and enhanced with little-known facts, anecdotes, and insights from major players in the aviation industry. Climb inside the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis that Charles Lindbergh piloted solo across the Atlantic Ocean, making history. Contrast that with a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The full-page photos of each milestone-making aircraft are accompanied by timelines to showcase related aircraft as well as sidebars with interesting and little-known facts, stories, and related research. Milestone categories include: – Era of Early Flight – World War I First Fighters – Long-Range Record-Setting Flight – Popular Flight – First Commercial Airliners – World War II Aircraft – Experimental Flight – Cold War Military/Korean Conflict Aircraft – Commercial Jets – Modern Military Aircraft What will the next milestone be? Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.