1905 Wright Flyer III

I photographed the 1905 Wright Flyer III in a special pavilion designed by Orville Wright in 1946 specifically to display this plane at Carillon Park in Dayton, OH. This is considered to be the first practical airplane. The Wright brothers’ 1903 design that flew at Kitty Hawk, NC, was airborne for less than a minute during each of its four B-line flights (Orville was the pilot during the first one), the second version suffered significant control issues. But the 1905 Flyer III could turn figure eights, land and take off again. On Oct. 5, 1905, Wilbur flew the plane for nearly 40 minutes — so long he ran out of gas.

Wright Flyer III

Carillon Park, Dayton 2018