Orville and Wilbur Wright

Orville Wright (1871–1948)   |   Wilbur Wright (1867–1912)
The Wright Brothers


Weary of explaining the principles of their biplane’s performance to the inquisitive, the Wright brothers said simply, “The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have the time to fall.”

Biographical Note: 

Oliver and Wilbur Wright were U.S. pioneer aviators. In December 1903 their biplane, Flyer 1, made the world’s first powered heavier-than-air flights in a series of hops totaling 97 seconds. Their aircraft was the product of intensive research and preflight testing with kites and gliders. Orville was the first to take to the air near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The fourth and final flight, with Wilbur as pilot, lasted 59 seconds and covered 852 feet.