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Wright Brothers Photomechanical Reproduction

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Catalog Data

Names:
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948  Search this
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Patents
Date:
bulk 1906
Scope and Contents:
This donation is a photomechanical reproduction enlargement ( 17 1/8 inch by 10 3/4 inch ) of the Wright Brothers drawing of their flying machine Patent No" 821,393 sheet one (original date March 22, 1903- patent date May 22, 1906). The patent has been expertly removed from the frame and restored to a presentation level. The dimensions of the framed patent are 18.25 inches by 26 inches.
Biographical / Historical:
The Wright brothers inaugurated the aerial age with the world's first successful flights of a powered heavier-than-air flying machine. The Wright Flyer was the product of a sophisticated four-year program of research and development conducted by Wilbur and Orville Wright beginning in 1899. After building and testing three full-sized gliders, the Wrights' first powered airplane flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, making a 12-second flight, traveling 36 m (120 ft), with Orville piloting. The best flight of the day, with Wilbur at the controls, covered 255.6 m (852 ft) in 59 seconds. John Daniels was a crew member at the Kitty Hawk lifesaving station who took a photograph of the first flight that day.
Provenance:
Paul, John, and Eugene Keferl, Gift, Year received, 2013
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Wright (Brothers) 1903 Flyer  Search this
Genre/Form:
Patents
Citation:
Wright Brothers Photomechanical Reproduction, Accession 2014-0003, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2014.0003
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2014-0003