Wright brothers

Orville and Wilbur Wright

  • Wilbur Wright Born

    Wilbur Wright Born
    Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867, near Millville, Indiana, the middle child in a family of five children.
  • Orville Write born

    Orville Write born
    Orville was born in Datton, Ohio. he was one of five children of Susan Catherine Koerner, and Milton Wright, a bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.
  • Newspaper made

    Newspaper made
    The brothers started their own newspaper, the West Side News. Wilbur edited the paper and Orville was the publisher.
  • Bike Shop made

    Bike Shop made
    The brothers shared a passion for bicycles—a new craze that was sweeping the country. In 1892, Wilbur and Orville opened a bike shop, fixing bicycles and later selling their own designs.
  • First Flight

    First Flight
    On December 17, 1903, they succeeded in flying the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven airplane. An extraordinary achievement, Wilbur flew the plane for 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet.
  • Left for Europe

    Left for Europe
    The Wright brothers soon found that their success was not appreciated by all. Many in the press, as well as fellow flight experts, were reluctant to believe the brothers' claims. As a result, Wilbur set out for Europe in 1908, where he hoped he would have more success convincing the public and selling airplanes.
  • Brothers flew together

    Brothers flew together
    On May 25, 1910, Orville flew for six minutes with Wilbur as his passenger—marking the first and only flight the brothers would make together. That same day, Orville took his 82-year-old father out for the first and only flight of his life.
  • Wilbur dies

    Wilbur dies
    Wilbur Wright fell ill on a trip to Boston in April 1912. After being diagnosed with typhoid fever, he died on May 30, 1912, at his family home in Dayton, Ohio.