- Orville Wright is best known for inventing the airplane, along with his brother Wilbur.
Wilbur Wright is best known for developing the first successful airplane, along with his brother, Orville.
Born four years apart, brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright grew up in a small town in Ohio. They shared an intellectual curiosity and an aptitude for science, at a time when the possibility of human flight was beginning to look like a reality. Together, the Wright brothers developed the first successful airplane in Kittyhawk, North Carolina - and together they became national heroes. Considered the fathers of modern aviation, they developed innovative technology and inspired imaginations around the world.