Boeing founder celebrated at Wright Brothers event
First successful flight of the Wright Flyer, by the Wright brothers. The machine traveled 120 feet in 12 seconds at 10:35 a.m. at Kill Devil Hills, N.C., on Dec. 17, 1903. Orville Wright was at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with his hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright ran alongside to balance the machine, and just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing in the photo.
Ceremonies marking the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight were scheduled for Tuesday.
The National Park Service and the First Flight Society are leading the celebration, highlighted by the induction of William Edward Boeing, founder of the aviation company in Seattle in 1916, into the group's Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine.
Boeing started Pacific Aero Products Co. before winning a contract to build 50 planes for the Navy as the U.S. entered World War I. He later changed the company's name to Boeing Airplane Co.
Louis Mancini, Boeing's senior vice president for commercial aviation services, is scheduled to give the keynote address.
- Time Travels: Dec. 17, 1903: Wright Brothers' first flight 12/17/13
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