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Who built the first airplane?


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July 07, 2010 2:45AM

Designs for winged flight go back to Ancient Egypt.

Si George Cayley built and launched manned gliders around 1849.

The first powered aeroplane to make a flight was built by Orville and Wilbur Wright. On 17 December 1903 near Kittyhawk, North Carolina, Orville piloted the "Wright Flyer" in a flight of 120 feet in 12 seconds, at a speed of 6.8 miles per hour.