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Kitty Hawk, USA - December 13, 2007: Wright brothers National Memorial airplane.  Perhaps the most influential brothers in history, Wilbur and Orville Wright'??s creative and technological genius revolutionized transportation on planet Earth. Originally from Dayton, Ohio the two owned a bicycle repair shop and spent their spare time working towards a dream of creating a powered and controlled flying machine. Realizing that dream on December 17, 1903, modern aviation was born.

Telegram — Orville Wright to Bishop Milton Wright, announcing the first successful powered flight December 17, 1903: “Success four flights thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 seconds inform Press home Christmas.”

Presidential Proclamation 1959

36 U.S. Code § 143 — Wright Brothers Day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

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