Wright Brothers

“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who ... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”
— Wilbur Wright

On December 17, 1903, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright wrote a new chapter in history when they flew their home-made Wright Flyer airplane near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Even though their first flights lasted less than a minute, they were the first people in history to fly a heavier-than-air machine.

The Wright brothers opened the era of manned flight and made it possible for all the impressive aviation feats that followed, including America’s space program and the first manned Moon landing in 1969.

The 6¢ stamp honoring the Wright brothers was issued on the 46th anniversary of their historic flight. It shows Orville and Wilbur Wright and their Wright Flyer airplane on December 17.

Stamp Issued: December 14, 1949