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Title

First flight

Creator

John T. Daniels

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Item Identifier Number

ms1_16_2_13

Creation Date

12-17-1903

Collection

MS-1: Wright Brothers Collection

Description

The first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight. Orville Wright is piloting the Wright 1903 Flyer while Wilbur Wright runs and watches the take off. Note on reverse in Orville's handwriting: "First flight of first motor machine, Dec. 17, 1903, near Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, N.C. Against a wind of 24 miles an hour. This picture represents the machine just after starting from the rail established for acquiring initial velocity but no thrust was given outside of its own power."

Publisher Repository

Special Collections and Archives; Wright State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Digital Services Department; Wright State University Libraries

Document Type

Image

Media Type

Photographic print, black and white

Permissions

Special Collections and Archives provides reprints or digital copies of our materials for a fee. For further information please visit their website or call (937) 775-2092.

Date Digital

9-7-2000

Digitization Specification

AGFA DuoScan T2000XL


Keywords

ms1_16_2_13; Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; Wright, Orville, 1871-1948; Benches; Wright 1903 Flyer; First powered flight; Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912; Launch rail; Kill Devil Hills (N.C.); Footprints; Take off; Flight; Two-wheeled truck; Shovels; Battery boxes; Gasoline cans

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