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Very First Powered Flight Took Place This Day 114-Years Ago — Courtesy Of The Wright Brothers.

by Anura Guruge


First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 17, 1903, Orville Wright (younger brother) piloting,
Wilbur Wright (older brother) running at wingtip.


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December 17, 1903.

This has to be treated as one of the most significant dates of the 20th century and a red-letter day in all of human history.

The day we mastered powered flight and took to the skies. We haven’t stopped since then.

It seems ironic that this very day, 114-years later, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest airplane terminal, was crippled by a power failure as if to remind us how much we now rely on air transport.

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They had chosen Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, for its consistent breeze and its forgiving, sandy beaches.

Who was piloting the plane had been determined by a coin toss.


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by Anura Guruge

Free Flight By Humans Is Now 234-Years Old — Thanks To The French Montgolfier Brothers.

by Anura Guruge



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The very first untethered flight by a human took place, on the outskirts of Paris (France), yesterday (i.e., November 21), 234-years ago, i.e., November 21, 1783.

So free flights by humans is now 234-years old. That is impressive.

The first human tethered flight, performed by the younger brother, Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799), took place just under a month earlier.

I am a great fan of the Montgolfier brothers and their hot air balloons — having always known their pioneering status in the field of aeronautics. I just to have a pair of real neat, ceramic cufflinks featuring one of their balloons.

I thought it was important for us to commemorate this great event in human history.


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by Anura Guruge