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Posted at 8:07 AM ET, 12/17/2010

♪♫ The Anniversary of the Wright brothers (Photo)

By Melissa Bell
Wright Brothers
Orville Wright in 1908 flying over what is now the Summerall Field area of Fort Myer. (National Archive)

One hundred and seven years ago, two bicycle mechanics pieced together a contraption made from wood, wire and cloth and -- somehow -- managed to get the thing in the air. The Wright Flyer took off Dec. 17, 1903, at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, N.C. The plane remained aloft for 12 seconds and 120 feet. And like that, the world became a smaller place for all of us. (Play the Frank Sinatra for back round music to go along with the photos of the two men who took us into the air:)

Wright Brothers
Wilbur Wright, left, and his brother, Orville. (AP)
Wright Brothers
Orville Wright is at the controls of the Wright Flyer as his brother Wilbur watches during the plane's first flight. (John T. Daniels/AP)
Wright Brothers
Wilbur Wright after an unsuccessful trial flight on Dec. 14, 1903. (Library of Congress/AFP)

(Thanks, Tim!)

By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 8:07 AM ET
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