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When did the Wright brothers fly their first airplane - the Wright Flyer?

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September 30, 2016 3:08AM

On 17 December 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first recorded controlled flight in a powered aircraft, for a distance of 120 feet. Orville was the pilot. The flight lasted for twelve seconds.

It was the first official "engine-powered, controlled fixed wing, heavier-than-air" flight and was completed at Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk in North Carolina.
The Wright Brothers first flew a controlled and sustained powered airplane flight on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
December 17, 1903
On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane 20 feet above a wind-swept beach in North Carolina. The flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet.