The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with building and flying the first heavier than air aeroplane. They achieved the first recorded flight on 17 December 1903. Over the next 10 years they continued to develop the aircraft making a significant contribution to the development of the modern aeroplane.Their particular contribution was in the effective control of an airplane, through their three-axis control system. This basic principle is still used today. It was for this control mechanism that they received their first US patent 821,393.n December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made the first historic airplane flight, where Orville piloted the plane (called ‘the Flyer’) with Wilbur running at the wing tip.The first flight, by Orville, of 120 feet (37 m) in 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour (10.9 km/h) over the ground, was recorded in a famous photograph.As inventors, builders, and flyers they further developed the aeroplane, taught man to fly, and opened the era of aviation