Dec. 17, 1903: Wright Brothers’ first flight

It’s been 110 years since the Wright Brothers launched the first successful powered flight on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

It was the start of modern aviation, an industry that would in part lay its roots more than 3,000 miles away — a significant moment for Everett.

Back then, people here couldn’t know.

And they didn’t, if the next day’s issue of The Herald is any indication.

There’s a short story, just barely above the fold — below negotiations between Russia and Japan, next to a story about baseball wages — “Flying Machine Proves a Success.”

The flying machine, the 110-year-old copy of The Herald said, made a trial trip against a strong wind, then landed gracefully at a spot previously selected by her navigator.

“A successful trial of a flying machine was made near Kitty Hawk, N. C. by Wilber and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio. The machine flew for three miles in the face of a wind of the velocity of twenty-one miles and hour and then gracefully descended to earth at a spot selected by the navigators.

The machine has no [balloon attachment] and gets its force by propellers worked by a small engine.”

Read more from the Dec. 18, 1903 issue of The Herald and others in our collection of historic front pages.

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