Who made the first powered flight?
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In 1903, at Kitty Hawk in the United States, Orville Wright made what is said to be the first controlled powered flight of a heavier-than-air craft. People had already flown small airships, but there was now a race to make the first successful aeroplane.
The Wright brothers and other would-be pilots had already built several gliders. The Wright biplane looked like a huge box kite, with a home-made engine that drove two propellers by means of chains - but it flew and it was controllable.
Clement Adler, in France, had flown under power in 1890 in a bat-shaped aeroplane powered by a steam engine. However, the aircraft was not controllable, so many people do not accept his attempt as the first flight.
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