JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 1800
The aircraft, which began its flight at 10:35 a.m., was launched down a single track and after lifting off the ground traveled at a speed of 6.8 miles per hour. The first flight covered 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds. Five eye witnesses were on hand to observe the historic event.
The 12 horsepower internal combustion engine had been manufactured at the Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop in Dayton, Ohio and transported along with pieces of the aircraft to Kitty Hawk in the fall of 1903.
At 11:20 a.m., a 2nd flight was made at 10 feet above the ground and a distance of 175 feet. The 3rd and final flight of the day came at 11:40 a.m. Wilbur Wright** flew 812 feet in 59 seconds.
They went to Kitty Hawk in 1900 to experiment in manned gliding and there on Dec. 14, 1903, Wilbur's attempt to fly a motorized, propeller-driven aircraft failed. 3 days later, the brothers succeeded.
"This Day in History: December 17," www.history.com
The Wright Flyer