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Ford Motor Company is founded.


Powered Flight

After months of studying how propellers work the Wright Brothers designed a motor and a new aircraft sturdy enough to accommodate the motor's weight and vibrations. The craft weighed 700 pounds and came to be known as the Flyer.


The brothers built a movable track to help launch the Flyer. This downhill track would help the aircraft gain enough airspeed to fly. After two attempts to fly this machine, one of which resulted in a minor crash, Orville took the Flyer for a 12-second, sustained flight on December 17. This was the first successful, powered, piloted flight in history.

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