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The Wright Brothers at Huffman Prairie - Fascinating look into the backgrounds of Orville and Wilbur Wright as told to us by Orville’s niece and son. A great historical program as to the many attempts, failures and successes of the two American inventors of the first airplane. On December 17, 1903, the Orville brothers began to test their first airplane. It took them four tries to get the plane to fly 852 feet in 59 seconds on the pastures of Huffman Prairie in Ohio. Orville proclaimed that the flight was a success. On November 9, 1904 the Wright brothers made four complete circles with their plane. It took five minutes, and four seconds to complete the four circles of Huffman Prairie, but they were pleased with the outcome. On May 30, 1912, Orville Wright passed away at the age of 45. But, Wilbur continued what the two brothers had started in aviation. And as for the field where they flew their first plane, it is empty and quiet now, but the spirit of the place is still the same, and always be will be. 25 minutes

























The Flying Years

The Flying Years - On a bleak December day in 1903, among the dunes at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, a fragile bi-plane took off in a strong buffeting wind and flew for just 12 seconds, skimming 120 feet across the sands. At the controls a man called Orville Wright. Man's first controlled powered flight. Only sixty years later the world's first supersonic jetliner thundered into the air at Toulouse in France. This programme tells the extraordinary story of flying history from Kitty Hawk to Concorde, from brave pioneers staggering into the air in their string bag machines, to the age of global mass air travel. It's a hell of a story. 58 minutes