March 17, 1909 Aviation pioneer Katharine Wright, along with brothers Orville and Wilbur, met England's King Edward VII. Wilbur demonstrated the Wright Flyer and Katharine rode as a passenger. During the tour, outgoing Katharine became the toast of Europe while her shy brothers stayed in the background. Although often unsung, Katharine was an important partner in the Wright's airplane business. All three siblings were awarded the French Legion d'Honneur for their work in aviation.