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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Wright Brothers anniversary, and the start of it all--good and bad

With all the news about airline safety and travel--the pat-downs of elderly ladies and passengers like Alec Baldwin and airlines trading barbs about rules and behavior, it’s good to remember how it all started.
The Wright Brothers and the Wright Flyer on Dec. 17, 1903 (Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution)

On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers powered the Wright Flyer into the air at Kitty Hawk, N.C. It flew 12 seconds for a distance of 120 feet. Smithsonian Snapshot, a feature of the museum which has the original Flyer at the National Air and Space Museum, provided a photograph from that day. Orville Wright is at the controls.

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