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ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY

October 5, 1905

Wilbur Wright Pilots the Wright Flyer III
for 24 Miles in 39 Minutes 23 Seconds

On this day in 1905, Wilbur Wright broke a record by piloting the Wright Flyer III in a flight that covered 24 miles in 39 minutes 23 seconds. The record would stand until 1908.

The Wright Flyer III was the third heavier-than-air powered aircraft built by the Wright Brothers. It was essentially the same design as the Wright Flyers I and II until a crash on July 14, 1905 at which time it was rebuilt with design changes. These design changes made it more stable and allowed them to extend the flight time and distance.