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Space History Photo: Orville Wright Tests His Gilder at Kitty Hawk, NC

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Orville Wright flies his glider at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1911. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, a photograph of Orville Wright in his glider at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1911.

On October 24, 1911 Orville tested a new glider and broke all the previous gliding records by actually soaring and staying in flight for 9 minutes and 45 seconds. His record lasted for over a decade.

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