Co-inventor and co-pilot of the first successful airplane, which he called a "flying machine." He and his brother Orville's planes were later used in WWI and set the stage for modern aviation.
His famous flight occurred on December 17, 1903 at a North Carolina beach.
He and his brother formed the Curtiss-Wright Corporation with Glenn Curtiss.
He was an athletic child and lost his two front teeth in a hockey accident.
He was the older of the two Wright Brothers. Neither he nor his brother, Orville, ever married.
- The meaning of the name Wright: Carpenter, Worker