The Wright Brothers are recognised almost universally
as the first to fly a heavier-than-air powered aeroplane
on 17 December 1903 at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. Unfortunately their protectionism and demand for fees from aviators flying any aeroplane in America delayed aviation progress there for years.
Their arch-rival was Glenn Curtiss and they followed him in establishing an exhibition team to market their aeroplanes. The majority of daredevil aviators of the 'exhibition era' flew Curtiss or Wright aeroplanes.
To see a short description of each pioneer, please 'left click' on the images below
Wilbur & Orville Wright
Aerial Experiment Association
Blanche Stuart Scott
Arch Hoxsey & Ralph Johnstone
William Wallace Gibson