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The Wright Flyer, also known as Flyer 1 and the 1903 Flyer, was the first successful powered aircraft. The Wright Brothers were the ones who built it, and it flew on December 19, 1903.

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The history of the Wright Flyer originates back to their kite and glider designs. In 1899, a kite was made for testing. In 1900, a glider was made. It could hold a single passenger. In 1901, a second glider was made, and in 1902, a third.

Deciding that there were no suitable engines from automobiles, the Wright Brothers had Charlie Taylor build one. The resulting engine had many similarities to bicycle technology.

1905 - By the end of the year, they are able to keep the Flyer III aloft until the gas runs dry, traveling 24 miles. They begin to look for a buyer for their airplane.

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