Jun 21

The Steam Engine and the Automobile revolutions in the Nineteenth century had made global impact on communications, business and manufacturing across the world and peoples' lives. Invention of powered flight was a major breakthrough in the twentieth century.

Wright Brothers

The Wright brothers – Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912) – were two American pioneers who were credited for inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful motor-operated  airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered,  heavier-than-air aircraft  with the  Wright flyer on December 17, 1903, 4 mi (6 km) south of  Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The brothers were also the first to invent  aircraft controls  that made fixed-wing powered flight  possible.

Wright Flyer exhibit at Smithsonian