Today in Media History: Front-page news about the Wright brothers 1903 flight

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers made the first successful manned flight in a motorized airplane near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The Virginian-Pilot published the news on its front page the next day.

“The problem of aerial navigation without the use of a balloon has been solved at last.

Over the sand hills of the North Carolina coast yesterday, near Kitty Hawk, two Ohio men proved that they could soar through the air in a flying machine of their own construction, with the power to steer and speed it at will….”

Virginian-Pilot, December 18, 1903

Virginian-Pilot, December 18, 1903

This video tells the story of the Wright brothers with archival film footage and old photos.

The writer of the 1903 Virginian-Pilot article was not at the historic flight.

However, he was able to piece together the information based on reports from others. (Some of the details he was given were incorrect.)

In an article called, “The Big Story,” Virginia Living magazine tells the story behind the story. Read more

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