After Hours

First in flight from the Wright Brothers' camera

Wright Brothers Glider, Kitty Hawk, NC, 1900

This gallery offers a fascinating look at the history of flight through the camera lens of the Wright Brothers. They did a great job of documenting their earliest failures and successes.

There are ample resources to study the Wright Brothers; here, I've usually provided only the spare captions attached to the individual pictures in the collection.

These images are in the public domain, from the Collection: Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright, housed in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.

For the full collection, click here.

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12 comments
jlw2135
jlw2135

while i enjoy reading about the adventures of the wright brothers and the wright flyer,, it disturbs me that when a model of the original was put in a wind tunnel and test flown it wasnt even aerodynamic enough to be able to fly in a breeze of less than 15mph, so either they were extremely lucky or fate/God meant for them to make it first....., just my 2 cents worth here....

Gregory Smith-4355324
Gregory Smith-4355324

I am a pilot and enjoy flying...so these pictures are really spectacular for me. Greg Smith

neil
neil

My Great Auntie Eva, who died in 2001 at the age of 103, once told me, as a fast jet flew over her house, that she could remember her father reading to her a story from the Times about the first Wright Brothers flight - Quite remarkable how far we've come in just one lifetime!

amraza50
amraza50

A must for personal archive

n3ur0
n3ur0

Nostalgic & Awesome collection of photographs & memoirs.

johnnybronze
johnnybronze

Wonderful Gallery, a tribute to two great aviation pioneers. -JPema

dave
dave

I don't know how many horsepower that engine produced, but for it's size it must have been the best of the day. Being a backyard mechanic that's what I appreciate most about what they accomplished. Thanks Selena for the pics.

pipergary
pipergary

Very timely posting because I am driving to Kitty Hawk and will be visiting the museum tomorrow, Dec 6th. Thanks!

LarryD4
LarryD4

Ok so I'm a flying freak! I would love to hang glide, I've skydived once, once... Skydiving is only for when the flying machine does not work... But I saw this and really was sucked in to the whole collection. Its inspiring.

Selena Frye
Selena Frye moderator

I should have pointed out more clearly in the opener that the first flight anniversary is December 17. It is hard to imagine the advances in technology in that relatively short span. Orville lived into the era of supersonic flight.

gldaigle
gldaigle

Wasn't the first flight actually made in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.?