Old Is Gold Image Credit: Chiiz
Old Is Gold Image Credit: Chiiz

Old Is Gold

First Flight of the Wright Brothers

Orville Wright used to say “If birds can glide for long periods of time, then…why can’t I?” This was probably what motivated Orville and Wilbur Wright to create something that would not only help them take flight like birds but also give them an everlasting name in history. It was December 17, 1903 and the time was 10:35 am. As is clear from the photograph, the place was the sand dunes four miles south of the fishing village of Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. This was a dream for the brothers and that was the day when they would find out whether their dream would materialise into reality or get shattered on the ground. It was the day when they would test their flying machine.

Orville had set up a camera on a tripod at the place where the supposed flight was meant to happen. He had asked John T. Daniels to capture the moment who, by the way, was an amateur photographer. He was one of the people from the life-saving station in that town to help with the flight. Who could have thought that he would click the most amazing thing in the whole wide world? Daniels had never operated or seen a camera before this life changing event and this was going to be the first photograph he was going to take.

After setting up the camera, Orville had instructed Daniels to squeeze the shutter release bulb of the camera once the flight was in air. Daniels was so shocked that he almost forgot to follow the procedure. He was awestruck at the flight. Propitiously,

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