Q:

When were the Wright brothers born?

A:

Quick Answer

Orville Wright was born on Aug. 19, 1871, and Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867. The Wright brothers were American inventors credited with building the first airplane and the first controlled, powered and sustained flight on Dec. 17, 1903.

 Know More

Full Answer

The Wright brothers founded the Wright Cycle Company in 1892 to repair, manufacture and sell bicycles. The brothers financed their flying experiments from their business. After several successful attempts and modifications to a glider, the brothers successfully completed a powered flight of 120 feet on Dec. 17, 1903. The invention was met with initial skepticism by newspapers and the government, but after several years, the validity of their invention came to light when the U.S. Army signed a contract with the brothers.

Learn more about Inventions

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why did the Wright brothers invent the airplane?

    A:

    The Wright brothers became interested in airplanes and flying after learning about the studies of the late 19-century glider pilot Otto Lilienthal. They then began to study glider experiments and the theories of flying. Eventually, they became known as the first people to successfully fly a manned, powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What did the Wright brothers invent?

    A:

    The Wright brothers invented three-axis control and the world's first airplane, the Wright Flyer, a warp-winged, engine-powered, pilot-operated craft that flew 120 feet at Kitty Hawk, N.C. on Dec. 17, 1903. The flight occurred after the success the brothers had with their three gliders.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many times did the Wright brothers fail?

    A:

    In their careers as inventors of man-made flying machines, the Wright brothers had two failures before they actually achieved sustainable flight. They had initially built gliders and tested them in the form of kites, which encouraged their inventive curiosity. Several years of creating these kites and gliders led them to finally create a motorized, human-controlled flying machine.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When did the Wright brothers fly the first airplane?

    A:

    Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their first airplane on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Piloted by Wilbur, the plane flew 852 feet for 59 seconds, ushering in a new era of travel and innovation.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore