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.