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Telegram, Orville Wright to Bishop Milton Wright, announcing the first successful powered flight
Telegram sent by the Wright Brothers to their father on December 17, 1903

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Wilbur and Orville Wright's First Flight
December 17, 1903

Orville piloted the first flight, which lasted just 12 seconds. On the fourth and final flight of the day, Wilbur flew for 59 seconds. Both brothers survived that morning, December 17, 1903. That day they became the first people to demonstrate sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine under the complete control of the pilot. What did the brothers do after their exciting success?

Orville and Wilbur Wright walked four miles to Kitty Hawk and sent a telegram to their father: "Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 seconds inform Press home Christmas."

The world was about to change forever.

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