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Capable of Flight: The Feud Between the Wright Brothers and the Smithsonian

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Crouch, Tom D  Search this
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906  Search this
Wright, Orville 1871-1948  Search this
Wright, Wilbur 1867-1912  Search this
Physical description:
pp. 34-46
Spring 1987
Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
Crouch discusses the long-running feud between the Wright Brothers and the Smithsonian Institution over whether the 1903 "Aerodrome" designed by Smithsonian Secretary Samuel Pierpont Langley was capable of flight, prior to the Wright Brother's flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on 17 December 1903. After Langley's death, Smithsonian partisans claimed, in an exhibit label for the Aerodrome, that it was capable of flight, based on tests by aviation engineers who were in a patent dispute with Wilbur and Orville Wright. After a retraction from the Smithsonian, the Wright Flyer was finally donated to the United States National Museum in 1948.
Contained within:
Invention and Technology Vol. 2 (Journal)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
Wright Flyer (Airplane)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Langley Aerodrome  Search this
Langley Aerodrome Tests  Search this
Langley-Wright Controversy  Search this
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div