Dan Tate and the Wright brothers launching the Wright glider, Outer Banks, North Carolina, 1903
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This 1903 photograph of one of the Wright brothers’ practice flights at the Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina was taken by engineer and aviation enthusiast Octave Chanute. He captured this moment only weeks before the first flight of the Wrights’ engine-powered, heavier-than-air Wright Flyer on 17 December 1903. The photograph is part of an archive of materials on early aircraft, aviation equipment, and flight experiments collected by Boston businessman, inventor, and aviation pioneer Godfrey Lowell Cabot.