Were the Wright brothers the first to sustain controlled powered flight?

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Were the Wright brothers the first to sustain controlled powered flight?

Were the Wright brothers the first to sustain controlled powered flight?

It was on a December morning in 1903 when two brothers from Dayton, Ohio flipped a coin and made their first attempt to fly.  They expected that this toss of a coin would enter into history books as one of the most important winter events.

Were the Wright brothers the first to sustain controlled powered flight?

This day would mark the first event in which a heavier than air vehicles would make it up the air and land back safely.  On December 14 Wilbur Wright was in position between the twin propellers, bicycle chain and a 12 horsepower gasoline engine. While still tethered to the ground, on a wooden rail, the engine for the biplane spun the counter rotating propellers.

 

Were the Wright brothers the first to sustain controlled powered flight?

When it was released, it slid on the air as the other brother tried to stabilize the wings. This was a marginal success as the crate moved about a 100 meters into the air before it finally crashed on the ground cutting short the flight.  Although it lasted for only three and a half seconds on the air, this was the beginning of aero-plane revolution.