Aviation Day celebrates Orville Wright's birthday & encourages everyone to take an interest in aviation. Learn more about the Wright Brothers, and about all of the fun flight-related activities here at the museum. Based on work supported by NASA under Grant No. NNX10AK16G. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The Wright Brothers, Orville (1871-1948), left, and Wilbur (1867-1912), right, American aviation pioneers. On 17 December 1903 at 10.23am, their powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer, made its first flight with Orville at the controls.
Stunning, pin-sharp images of the final 55 airworthy Spitfires
Beauty: Mk Vb Spitfire EP120 powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin. The plane was taken on by the RAF in May 1942 and assigned to 501 squadron. She scored six of her seven confirmed kills with Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Northcott at the helm