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Wilbur Wright

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March 1909.
1909. Orville, Katharine and Wilbur Wright.

April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912

Wilbur Wright, brother of Orville Wright, designers and constructors of the first power-driven aeroplane to fly carrying a pilot.

1909 Awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Aeronautical Society at a ceremony held at the Institution of Civil Engineers

1912 Died aged 45 years.

Wilbur once quipped that he did not have time for a wife and an aeroplane. He became ill on a trip to Boston in April 1912. After returning to Dayton, he was diagnosed with typhoid fever. He died, age 45, in the Wright family home on May 30.

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