Orville Wright

American aviation pioneer
Orville Wright, 1905

Orville Wright (August 19, 1871January 30, 1948) , was an American inventors, and aviation pioneer who was credited, with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.


  • We came down here for wind and sand, and we have got them.
    • Letter to Katherine Wright, 18 October 1900; as published in Marvin W. McFarland, ed., The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1953), vol. 1, p. 37.

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