Wright flyer III

The Wright Flyer III was the world’s first practical powered aeroplane, sturdy enough to withstand repeated flights and able to stay aloft for as long as its fuel lasted. Through a remarkable mix of scientific inquiry and hands-on experimentation, the dauntless American brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright cracked the challenge of sustained, controlled, heavier-than-air flight. At Kill Devil Hills. North Carolina, on 17 December 1903, they proved that their Flyer
could fly. But the longest of the four flights made on that momentous day lasted only 59 seconds.  The brothers devoted the next two years to improving their machine. After making flights of up to five minutes with Flyer II in the summer of 1904, they built Flyer III during the winter of 1904- 05.
Between June and October 1905 the Wrights made more than 40 flights near Dayton, Ohio, totalling some three hours. They mastered the art of turning in the air, banking, circling, and performing ligures of eight, In t he longest flight, on 5 October. Wilbur remained aloft for 38 minutes and 3 seconds, covering over 24 miles. Three years were to pass before anyone else produced a plane capable of a comparable performance.