On December 17, 1903, near Kitty
Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first
controlled, manned flight in a heavier-than-air, mechanically
propelled airplane. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered,
propeller-driven biplane that stayed aloft for 12 seconds
and covered 120 feet, thus launching the age of aviation.
The United States Congress, by joint
resolution, designated the 17th day of December of each year
as “Wright Brothers Day,” and requested the President
to issue annually a proclamation commemorating this day.
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