People had been flying in small airships, but there was a race on to make the first successful aeroplane. The Wright Brother were the first people to invent a practical aeroplane that could be flown under full control. Their first flight took place in 1903 at kitty Hawk in the United states.
The Wright Brother biplane looked like a hung box kite, with a home-made engine that drove two propellers by means of chains. It was however a practical and successful aircraft as it flew and it was controllable, unlike an earlier steam- powered aeroplane flown in 1890 by Clement Adler in France.