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Wilbur and Orville Wright were the sons of Milton Wright, a bishop of the United Brethren in Christ
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Over the years, the brothers together, and then Orville alone, had defended the Wright patents with vigor, often defeating defendants in court. However, during World War I, the U.S. government pressured aviation firms to form the Manufacturers Aircraft Association and enter into cross-licensing agreements. Both the Wright-Martin and Curtiss companies received cash settlements for resolving their disputes. The Wright family’s patent war with was over.

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That same year, Wright Aeronautical and the Curtiss Aeroplane Company merged to form Curtiss-Wright, one of America’s largest aircraft and engine companies. Four years later, in November 1932, the federal government dedicated the Wright Memorial Tower at Kill Devil Hill, commemorating Wilbur and Orville’s first four flights. A few years after that, in 1939—after marrying, having a family, and working in Dayton for years—brother Lorin died at age 70.

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Three days later, on December 17th, Orville took turn and made the first successful airplane flight in history, lasting just 12 seconds and covering 120 feet. Wilbur made a second flight, covering 175 feet, while Orville made a third covering 200. Wilbur made the fourth and final flight of the day, which lasted 59 seconds. The plane came to rest 852 feet from its lift-off point. The Wright flyer then suffered the fate of an earlier glider. A strong wind tumbled it over, damaging it beyond repair and preventing any more flights that season.

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In 1944, Orville took his last airplane flight, more than four decades after his first one. On April 26, he briefly handled the controls of a four-engine Lockheed Constellation, but did no serious flying. Three years later, Edward Deeds, an earlier business partner, planned the Carillon Historical Park for Dayton, and wanted to include in it one of the Wright Flyers. Orville donated to Deeds the 1905 Flyer, the brothers’ first practical aircraft, which had been in storage since 1911 at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Late in 1947, Orville suffered a mild heart attack while doing the routine chore of repairing a doorbell. After a second attack, he died at age 76 on January 30, 1948—the last of the Wright siblings to die. His funeral took place on February 7th. Like Wilbur, he was buried in the family plot at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. Together or alone, the Wright brothers developed nineteen versions of gliders and airplanes, ran several companies, inspired and trained countless aviators, and helped place the United States at the forefront of aviation science and technology, a position it still holds today.