On December 17, 1903, the brothers made the first successful controlled flight in a powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Though it flew 59 seconds a distance of 852 feet — which was a commendable feat — the design was underpowered and difficult to control.
They next built test flight facilities in Ohio and began tests to fine tune the configuration of every component of the airplane.
Their initial flights were limited to flying in a straight line.
By the end of 1905, they were flying figure-eights and sustaining flight for 30 minutes.
They invented the first practical airplane.
It’s Not About Luck
People on the sidelines look at successful entrepreneurs, innovators, inventors, authors and artists and think they got a lucky break.
And they are partially right. They probably did get a lucky break.
But usually that lucky break came only after paying their dues in sweat — for years.