112 years ago today, December 17th, Orville and Wilburt Wright set out in their aircraft with their hearts full of hope. It was a gamble—never before had we successfully taken flight, and it was certainly not for lack of trying. Triumphantly, they soared above Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and realized the great dream of flight.
If only they knew then what their accomplishment would herald! Can you imagine a time traveler telling them that this first humble takeoff would lead to airports in every city, over 100,000 flights per day on average, and man setting foot on the moon? We're not sure they would have believed it.
To honor the path they paved on that fateful day in December, Congress declared today Wright Brother's Day in 1963. If you're not observing Wright Brothers Day by flying, take this quiz based on information from the Smithsonian exhibit on the aerial age to see how much you know, so you can get it right on the Wright Brothers!
(This photograph is from Wright-Brothers.org, "Augustus Herring tests the Chanute's "oscilating wing" glider at the Wright brothers camp in Kitty Hawk, NC in 1902.")
Wright Brothers Quiz
1. Where were the Wright Brothers from?
a. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
b. Asheville, North Carolina
c. Dayton, Ohio
d. Cincinnati, Ohio
2. Before the Wright Brothers took flight. They were businessmen. What was their first line of business?
c. Sewing machines
3. The Wright Brothers were no one-trick ponies. What was the name of their second business that took flight in the 1890s?
a. Wright Plane Co.
b. Wright Cycle Co.
c. Wright Engine Co.
d. Wright Telegraph Co.
4. How long did the first official flight last?
a. 3 minutes
b. 45 seconds
c. 12 seconds
d. 12.5 seconds
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(Answer Key: 1-c, 2-b, 3-b, 4-c)