Wright Brothers - First Flight in Europe

In the summer of 1908, Wilbur Wright went to France to demonstrate the powered-plane which he and his brother had designed and made.

The plane, which was shipped in parts, had to be reassembled before Wilbur could fly it. He used a factory in Le Mans, France for that purpose.

By the 8th of August, 1908, the plane was ready. Wilbur agreed to allow a passenger—René Pellier, Vice President of the Aéro Club of Sarthe—to fly with him.

This historical footage captures some of that flight, from its preparation, to its take-off, to Flyer aloft.

The plane took-off from a horse-racing track near Le Mans.

Media Credits

Film clip, U.S. Library of Congress.


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