Wilbur Wright could have flown across Lake Atitlan and back during 1905 flight

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Wilbur Wright could have flown across Lake Atitlan and back during 1905 flight in the Wright Flyer 3.

The Wright Flyer III was the third powered aircraft by the Wright Brothers, built during the winter of 1904-05. Orville Wright made the first flight with it on June 23, 1905. The Flyer III had an airframe of spruce construction with a wing camber of 1-in-20 as used in 1903, rather than the less effective 1-in-25 used in 1904. The new machine was equipped with the engine and other hardware from the scrapped Flyer II and—after major modifications—achieved much greater performance than Flyers I and II.

From the first powered flight to inventing aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible, Orville and Wilbur Wright changed the world with their contributions to aviation. After crashing the Wright Flyers I and II, they made dramatic changes to their aircraft design and produced the Flyer III. On 5 October 1905,

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Wilbur flew the Flyer III 38.6 km (24 miles) in 39.5 minutes, which was longer than the total duration of all flights between 1903 and 1904. The beautiful Lake Atitlán in Southwestern Guatemala is known for its famous natural beauty and surrounding Mayan villages.

The lake is roughly 19 km (12 miles) long and 10 km (6 miles) wide. This means Wilbur Wright could have theoretically flown the length of Lake Atitlán and back on his history-making flight.

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