March 19, 1903 — Ohio
What made the Wright Brothers’ airplane so different? The brothers invented the “three-axis-control,” which made it possible for a pilot to steer the plane and maintain equilibrium. With the three-axis-control, the Wright brothers experimented with wind tunnel tests rather than stronger engines. The end result was the first flying machine upon which all modern airplanes base their designs. This airplane played a critical part in World War I and World War II, and made the world smaller and more connected.