| The Wright Flyer (sometimes known as Flyer I or 1903 Flyer) was the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft. It was designed and built by brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. They flew it four times on December 17, 1903, near Kill Devil Hills, about four miles (6.4 km) south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Today, the original aircraft is exhibited in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
The Flightgear version of the craft has been faithfully reproduced by authors Jim Wilson (3D model), Prof. Michael Selig (UIUC FDM), Erik Hofman (JSBSim FDM) and is as difficult to fly as the original!