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Two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, in the early 20th century made history when they created a flying machine and literally launched modern-day aviation. Wilbur and Orville Wright famously went from bicycle repairmen to the fathers of flight on Dec. 17, 1903, when Orville piloted the first flight, which lasted just 12 seconds and 120 feet.
The Library of Congress has an extensive collection of negatives donated by Orville Wright’s estate documenting the brothers’ work as well as their personal lives between 1898 and 1911. Most pictures were taken by the brothers themselves. Family, friends, successes, trials and tribulations make up the collection, showcasing a fulfilling and exciting adventure.
Take a look at some of the photographs:
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Future of Supply Chain
JUNE 21-22, 2023 • CLEVELAND, OH • IN-PERSON EVENT
The greatest minds in the transportation, logistics and supply chain industries will share insights, predict future trends and showcase emerging technology the FreightWaves way–with engaging discussions, rapid-fire demos, interactive sponsor kiosks and more.