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When were the Wright brothers born?

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Orville Wright was born on Aug. 19, 1871, and Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867. The Wright brothers were American inventors credited with building the first airplane and the first controlled, powered and sustained flight on Dec. 17, 1903.

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The Wright brothers founded the Wright Cycle Company in 1892 to repair, manufacture and sell bicycles. The brothers financed their flying experiments from their business. After several successful attempts and modifications to a glider, the brothers successfully completed a powered flight of 120 feet on Dec. 17, 1903. The invention was met with initial skepticism by newspapers and the government, but after several years, the validity of their invention came to light when the U.S. Army signed a contract with the brothers.

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