Here for your consideration is an old picture of First flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m.; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was created in 1903.
Orville Wright is at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright running alongside to balance the machine, has just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other items needed for flight preparation are visible behind the machine.
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