On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first sustained, controlled flights in a powered aircraft. Back in Dayton, Ohio, the brothers found they had much to do to perfect their invention. While the 1903 Wright Flyer did indeed fly, it was underpowered and difficult to control.
That same day, Orville took his 82-year-old father out for the first and only flight of his life. In 1912, Wilbur died of typhoid fever. Without his brother and business partner, Orville was forced to take on the presidency of the Wright company.Nov 21, 2017