The very first flight on an airplane occurred on December 17th, 1903; and today we wanted to share two diary entries about that historic event.

The diary belongs to Milton Wright, the father of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the two men who invented the first successful airplane and took part in those first historic flights. The following entries give insight into how their father was informed of the news and how he followed the subsequent media coverage.

The entry dated Thursday, December 17th, 1903:

“In the afternoon about 5:30 we received the following telegram from Orvill, dated Kitty Hawk, N.C., Dec. 17. “Bishop M. Wright: Success four flights Thursday morning all against a twenty-one mile wind started from level with engine power alone average speed through the air thirty-one miles – longest 57 seconds.”

Friday, December 18th, 1903 entry:

“The Enquirer continued following headlines on the Wright’s flying. Dayton Journal and Cin. Tribune contain nothing! though I furnished press reporter the news.”




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