“We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.

I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then, if possible, add my mite to help on the future worker who will attain final success.”

After years of experimenting in their home state of Ohio, Wilbur and Orville Wright travelled to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a test that would propel them into history. On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot.

The Wright Brothers were the ultimate ’empiricists’, learning and ultimately succeeding from actually doing, rather than talking.