Aviation in 1903
The Wright brothers file a patent for an aeroplane based on their No.III
German Carl Jatho 'hops' his 9 horse-power, petrol-engined aeroplane a
distance of 18 metres (59 feet).
Pierpont Langley's full-size 'Aerodrome', piloted by Charles M. Manly,
attempts a flight from the houseboat launcher moored in the Potomac
River. The 'Aerodrome' fouls the launcher and crashes into the river.
brothers fly their airship between
Moison and Champ-de-Mars, a distance of 60 kilometres (37 miles).
A second attempt to launch Langley's 'Aerodrome', once again piloted by
Charles M. Manly, fails when the rear wing fouls the launcher and the
'Aerodrome' falls into the river. With this accident, official American
support for the project is withdrawn.
Wilbur Wright attempts, and fails to achieve, the first sustained flight
in 'Flyer'. The aircraft is slightly damaged.
At 1035hrs at Kill Devil Hills in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville
Wright pilots the Wright Flyer on a 36.5 metre (120 feet) flight lasting
This is the world's
first manned, powered, sustained and controlled flight by a
heavier-than-air craft. Three further flights are made, including one
lasting nearly a minute.