Spring — Albertos Santos-Dumont, France, a pilot famous for his pioneering work in dirigibles, begins to experiment with gliders.
May — The Wrights attempt to fly at Huffman Prairie, Ohio before the press on two occasions with a new machine, the Flyer II. However, because it is so underpowered, it can only manage brief hops.
July — The first of the Wright’s patents is granted.
August — The Wrights are making hops of 600 feet in the Flyer II, but they still have trouble getting into the air and staying there.
September — The Wrights develop a catapult launching system to get their aircraft up to flying speed. It works well, and they begin to make progress again.
September 20 — Wilbur Wright flies the first complete circle in an airplane.