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Wilbur Wright

Wilbur Wright was a multi-award-winning American aviation pioneer, who, with his brother Orville, successfully completed history's first verified, powered, sustained and controlled flight of a heavier-than-air flying machine from level ground on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. His brother Orville was actually at the controls for the first flight at 10:35 a.m. that December morning, then they alternated as pilot for several additional flights. Wilbur was the co-inventor of the airplane with his brother Orville, for which they received patent No. 821,393.

He was the co-founder of Wright Cycle Company (1892), and served as President (1909-12) of The Wright Company which he co-founded. In the early years of flight, the Wright brothers set innumerable aviation distance and altitude records, and later, would retake many of the records they initially established. They were also pioneers in wind tunnel development, having constructed one of the world's first wind tunnels to test their many wing, glider and plane designs.


Biographical fast facts

Date and place of birth: April 16, 1867, North County Road 750E, near Millville, Indiana, U.S.A.

Date, time, place and cause of death: May 30, 1912, at 3:15 a.m.*, at 7 Hawthorn Street, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. (Typhoid fever)

Family/Relatives
Siblings: Reuchlin Wright (b. March 17, 1861 - d. 1920)
Lorin Wright (b. November 18, 1862 - d. 1939)
Orville Wright (b. August 19, 1871, at 7 Hawthorn Street, Dayton, Ohio - d. January 30, 1948, at 10:30 p.m., Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, of a heart attack)
Otis Wright (b. and d. 1870, twin of Ida, died in infancy) (brothers)

Sisters: Ida Wright (b. and d. 1870, twin of Otis, died in infancy)
Katharine Wright (b. August 19, 1874 - d. March 3, 1929)

Parents
Father: Milton Wright (b. November 17, 1828 - d. April 3, 1917)
Mother: Susan Catharine (Koerner) Wright (b. April 30, 1831 - d. July 4, 1889)

Burial site: Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.


Error correction or clarification

* The above time of death comes from one of the meticulously detailed diaries of Wilbur's father, Milton.


Sources

The most in-depth of more than three dozen sources consulted in preparing this profile, was the 1989 biography, The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright, by Tom D. Crouch.


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