Why Famous: Known for inventing and building the world's first successful airplane with his brother Wilbur Wright.
- 1903-12-17 The Wright Brothers make the first sustained motorized aircraft flight at 10:35 AM, piloted by Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
- 1908-09-09 Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va
- 1909-07-27 Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s
- 1911-10-24 Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.