On December 17, 1903, the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright became the first men to successfully pilot a heavier-than-air craft under both control and power. Orville and Wilbur Wright were bicycle makers from Ohio.
When they set out to construct a flying machine, they started from the most primitive constructions, and persevered until they had developed a craft fit to usher in a new age for man. While engaged in their preparation, they maintained the utmost secrecy. In order to ensure privacy, they bought a 600 acre farm in Kitty Hawk, a remote spot in the North Carolina coast. They made no attempts to publicise their project. When the first flight was made, Harry P Moore, marine reporter for the Norfolk Virginian Pilot, heard the news 55 minutes later from a guardsman at Kitty Hawk, Dan Simpson. He gave Moore the news that Orville Wright had been aloft for 12 seconds and had covered 120 feet.
Despite having the advantage of funds, publicity and expert know-how, attempts to make the first flight were unsuccessful.