Wilbur Wright

Co-inventor of the worlds first airplane

Important Info

Wilbur Wright was born on April 16,1867, in Indiana. He flew the first powered airplane, named the Flyer 1, on December 17, 1903. The plane flew for 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet. Wilbur died on May 30, 1912 in Dayton, Ohio. He was nicknamed The Father of Modern Aviation.

Photo of Wilburt Wright as an adult

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Photo of the first flight of the Wright brother's plane at Kitty Hawk


Wilbur and Orville Wright ran a newspaper company. They later opened a bike shop, fixing bikes, and selling their own designs. In the winter of 1885-1886, Wilbur was badly injured in a hockey game when he was hit in the face by another players stick. The incident sent him into spiraling depression.
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Photo of Wilbur Wright as a child

Impact on 1920's

Wilbur's impact on the 1920's is very clear, as he helped create the first airplane. This allowed not only for faster travel, but also for entertainment, such as stunt pilots and wing walkers.


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