Invention of the Airplane

Orville and Wilbur Wright had the first successful flight!

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The first airplane

The first successful plane looks far different than the fast flying planes of today. The plane was made of wood and canvas, and was only 40 feet wide. The plane had a 12 horse power motor that the Wright brothers made. The plane only ever flew a maximum of 59 seconds before crashing, but the plane was still able to take off, and be maneuvered in the air by a pilot.
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Patent Information

The airplane was patented by the Wright Brothers on May 22, 1906. The Patent was number 82,393. They filed the patent request with the title "flying machine." It took nearly 3 years for the patent to go through.
Official Patent

(Link to full patent report filed by Orville and Wilbur Wright.)