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Wright Brothers Day: December 17, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.171

From the Library of Congress, Today in History - December 17, First Flight, Telegram — Orville Wright to Bishop Milton Wright, announcing the first successful powered flight December 17, 1903: “Success four flights thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 seconds inform Press home Christmas.” (Note: All other records list the longest flight as 59 seconds.)

From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 7745—Wright Brothers Day, 2003: “One hundred years ago, the Wright brothers changed our world with their 12-second, 120-foot flight in North Carolina. Their achievement inspired other aviation pioneers and marked the beginning of a new era of freedom. Since that first flight, aviation and aerospace technology has advanced at a remarkable pace, allowing us to fly across oceans, break the sound barrier, orbit the Earth, land on the moon, and study our universe in a way our ancestors could not have imagined. Each new generation of engineers and other inventors, following in the Wright Brothers' footsteps, continues to move the technology of flight further.”

Photo: Wright Brothers

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Note: Click on the image above for the PDF. The graphic uses 2018 data and will be updated in the future. The two tables above have 2020 data.

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Source: 2000-2022 Quarterly Financial Report (QFR)

Source: 2010-2022 Quarterly Services Survey (QSS)

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Source: 2018 - 2020 Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM)

  • NAICS 481, Air Transportation
  • NAICS 4811, Scheduled Air Transportation
  • NAICS 4812, Nonscheduled Air Transportation
  • NAICS 611512, Flight Training

Source: 2017 Annual Business Survey (ABS) Program.

Source: 2017 Economic Census.

  • NAICS 336411, Aircraft Manufacturing
  • NAICS 336412, Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing
  • NAICS 336413, Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing

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