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)
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)
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,
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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