The Wright Brothers Patent the Miracle of Flight This Day in 1903

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On March 23, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright filed the first patent for their "Flying Machine" which they would fly successfully on December 17 of the same year. Other inventors were making strides elsewhere around the world, but the Wrights achieved the first "controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight."

A documentary produced by the Department of Defense in 1970 celebrates the Wright brothers' historic achievements. The excerpt below describes some of their earliest flights, and the documentary is available in its entirety at the Internet Archive


A diagram of the "Flying Machine" from the 1903 patent filing,  which was granted in 1906.  

For more films from the Internet Archive, visit http://archive.org/.

Via the PBS "This Day in History" Tumblr

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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