On December 17, 1903, at 10:30 am at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, this airplane arose for a few seconds to make the first powered, heavier-than-air controlled flight in history. The first flight lasted 12 seconds and flew a distance of 120 feet. Orville Wright piloted the historic flight while his brother, Wilbur, observed. The brothers took three other flights that day, each flight lasting longer than the other with the final flight going a distance of 852 feet in 59 seconds. This flight was the culmination of a number of years of research on gliders.
My flickr contact NASA posted this historic image of Orville Wright making the first powered flight.
The problem with the NASA post is that they’ve failed to include a citation for the photographer, John T. Daniels who took this historic picture.
Alan Taylor has a great collection of images from that first flight which I’ve posted about before here: First Flight with the Wright Brothers.