The 1905 Flyer & 1906 Patent

Did you know that the Wright brothers patent for their flying machine was based largely on their successful 1902 glider and not the more famous powered 1903 Wright Flyer? Their detailed description of their three axis control system was a key to the success of their patent, carefully crafted to insure that any other aviator’s flight control system would infringe on the Wrights’ design. On October 5, 1905 the Wright brothers’ third powered machine made tight, controlled turns, and flew for 38 minutes at Huffman Prairie before it ran out of fuel. The age of practical powered flight was born. You can visit the 1905 Wright Flyer III in Dayton, Ohio’s Carillon Historical Park.

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