Wright Brothers Facts
- Name: Wright Brothers
- Profession: Aviation Pioneers
- Born: 8-19-1871 (Orville) and 4-16-1867 (Wilbur)
- Died: 1-30-1948 (Orville) and 5-30-1912 (Wilbur)
- Resting Place: Woodlawn Cemetery (Orville and Wilbur)
- Legacy: Invented the first self-powered flying aircraft
27 Wright Brothers Facts for Kids
- The Wright Brothers were two brothers that were pioneers in aviation during the late 19th and 20th century.
- The Wright Brothers are most well-known for create the first self-powered flying aircraft.
- The Wright Brothers is a term used collectively describe Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright.
- Orville Wright was born on August 19th, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio, United States.
- Wilbur Wright was born on April 16th, 1867 in Millville, Indiana, United States.
- Orville and Wilbur Wright were the sons of Milton Wright and Susan Catherine Koerner.
- Orville and Wilbur Wright were two of the seven children by Milton Wright and Susan Catherine Koerner.
- Orville and Wilbur Wright never got married or had children. They claimed they were married to their work.
- Orville Wright died at the age of 76 from a heart attack on January 30th, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
- Wilbur Wright died at the age of 45 from typhoid fever on May 30th, 1912 in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
- In 1889, the Wright Brothers opened the Wright & Wright Job Printers printing business in Dayton, Ohio.
- In 1892, the Wright Brothers opened the Wright Cycling Exchange, a bicycle sales and repair shop. They would later rename the business to the Wright Cycle Company.
- In late 1900, the Wright Brothers explore Kitty Hawk and decide it’s a suitable location for their experiments. They choose Kitty Hawk because it’s isolated and has the right winds.
- In 1902, the Wright Brothers complete up to 1,000 successful glides with their 1902 Wright Glider.
- In 1902, the Wright Brothers begin planning and building the 1903 Wright Flyer.
- On December 14th, 1903 the Wright Brothers fail to get the Wright Flyer to fly.
- On December 17th, 1903 the Wright Brothers successfully flew the first self-powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer.
- In 1904, Wilbur Wright makes the first half-circle turn with an aircraft in the air. A few days later Orville Wright makes the first complete circle with an aircraft in the air.
- In 1906, the Wright Brothers are granted patent number 821,393 for their Wright Flyer.
- In September 1908, the first recorded airplane related fatality occurs with a Wright machine. A propeller on the Wright machine breaks off and kills Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge and serious wounds Orville Wright.
- In May 1909, the Wright Brothers start the Wright Company. Wilbur serves as the president, while Orville and Andrew Freedman serve as vice presidents.
- In May 1910, the Wright Company opens the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, a flight school in Ohio.
- In May 1910, both Wright Brothers fly together at Huffman Prairie Flying Field. This is the first and only time the brothers fly together in an aircraft.
- In May 1912, Wilbur Wright dies from typhoid fever at the age of 45.
- In October 1915, Orville Wright sells the Wright Company and devotes his full attention to aviation research.
- In May 1918, Orville completes his last flight as a pilot in a 1912 model biplane.
- In January 1948, Orville Wright dies from a heart attack at the age of 77.
Pictures of Wright Brothers
A picture of Oriville Wright in a 1905 picture.
A picture of Wilbur Wright in a 1905 picture.
A picture of the first flight of the Wright Flyer.
Additional Resources on Wright Brothers
- About the Wright Brothers – Find more information on the Wright Brothers on the National Park Service website.
- Biography of the Wright Brothers – Read the biography of the Wright Brothers on the Biography website.
- Timeline of the Wright Brothers – View a timeline of the life of the Wright Brothers on the Wright State University website.
- Wright Brothers – Britannica – Discover more facts and information about the Wright Brothers on the Britannica website.