WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Thursday, December 17th. A dream of the ages became reality 112 years ago today on a windswept beach at North Carolina's Outer Banks. There, the Wright brothers made the world's first powered, heavier-than-air flight. With Orville and Wilbur alternating as pilot, the plane made four flights that day. The first airplane flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. The longest distance covered that day was 852 feet in 59 seconds — an average speed of 31 miles an hour. In only a few years, the airplane became an important part of America's economy and defense, as well as a form of transportation relied upon by an increasing number of people. Now, aircraft manufacturers in the U.S. do just over $115 billion of business annually. Profile America is in its19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
First flight/accessed 10/8/2015: http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/fly/1903/triumph.cfm
Aircraft manufacturing/NAICS 336411: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2013_31VS101&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau