Orville Wright

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Orville Wright, 1905

Orville Wright (August 19, 1871January 30, 1948) was an American inventor and aviation pioneer who, with his brother Wilbur Wright, 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.
  • If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
    • Letter to George A. Spratt, June 7 1908; as published in Fred C. Kelly, "Miracle at Kitty Hawk: Unpublished Letters of the Wright Brothers (Part III)", The Atlantic, July 1950.

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