June — The Wrights take to the air with a new machine, the Flyer III. It is the world’s first practical airplane.
October 5 — The Wrights fly for 24 miles in 38 minutes, landing only when their gas tank runs dry.
October — The United States government tells the Wrights it has "no requirements" for a flying machine.
November — The Aero Club of France learns that the Wrights have made of flight of 24 miles, circling the Huffman Prairie. They are skeptical, dispatch a correspondent to the United States to investigate. The correspondent corroborates the Wright’s accounts.
November — Gabriel Voison and Ernest Archdeacon, France, test a box-like glider, towing it behind a motorboat. It flies successfully.
Fall — Louis Bleriot, France, meets Gabriel Voisin who is building gliders for Archdeacon. The two agree to collaborate and build several unsuccessful powered machines.
Fall — Albertos Santos-Dumont produces an unsuccessful helicopter.