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Wright Brothers Glider Tests, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA, October 10, 1902

Wright Brothers Glider Tests, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA, October 10, 1902


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Wright Brothers Glider Tests, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA, October 10, 1902

Wright Brothers Glider Tests, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA, October 10, 1902. Historic photo of the Wright brothers third test glider being launched. Wilbur Wright is at the controls, Orville Wright is at left, and Dan Tate (a local resident and friend of the Wright brothers) is at right. The 1902 test gliders were extremely important to the development of the first powered airplane. The new glider design was based on the wind tunnel tests performed by the Wrights in 1901. The improvements to the glider included a new rudder that helped provide three-dimensional control of the aircraft

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This historic photo captures a significant moment in aviation history - the Wright Brothers Glider Tests of 1902. Taken at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA, on October 10th, this image showcases the third test glider being launched by Wilbur Wright himself. Alongside him stands his brother Orville and their friend Dan Tate. These glider tests were pivotal in the development of the world's first powered airplane. Building upon their wind tunnel experiments from 1901, the Wright brothers made crucial improvements to their design for better control and maneuverability. One notable enhancement was a new rudder that allowed three-dimensional control of the aircraft. In this photograph, we witness pioneers pushing boundaries as they strive to conquer flight. The determination and ingenuity displayed by these men paved the way for future advancements in aviation technology. Preserved by NASA as part of our heritage space collection, this image symbolizes not only a milestone achievement but also serves as a reminder of human perseverance and innovation. It represents an era when dreams took flight against all odds. As we reflect on this remarkable moment captured over a century ago, it is impossible not to be inspired by these visionary individuals who dared to defy gravity and forever changed our world through manned flight experimentation.

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