Photograph Of Wright Brothers Sketch

Date:
c. 1903

Contemporary three-view sketch of the Wright 1903 machine, drawn in pencil on brown wrapping paper. Notations are in Wilbur Wright's handwriting. The original sketch, mounted on cardboard, is in the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. From the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright, vol. I, 1899-1905

Description (physical):

H: 8 1/8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0038
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Wright Plane, Fort Myers

Date:
1908

This photograph shows Orville Wright (in straw hat) and other unknown individuals transporting a Wright plane in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1908.

Description (physical):

H: 8 1/8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0039
Institution:
American Heritage Archives.

Glider Flown As A Kite, Kitty Hawk

Date:
1902

The Wright brothers fly a glider as a kite in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1902. They would add power to their flying machine in 1903.

Description (physical):

H: 8 1/8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0040
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Soaring Flight, Kitty Hawk

Date:
1901

A Wright brother tests out a glider in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Description (physical):

H: 8 1/8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0041
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

1903 Wright Flyer

Date:
1903
Creator:
Wilbur Wright, (1867-1912), Orville Wright, (1871-1948)

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.

Description (physical):

H: 2.8m, W: 12.3m, L: 6.4m, Wt.: 605lbs. Canard biplane with one 12-horsepower Wright horizontal four-cylinder engine driving two pusher propellers via sprocket-and-chain transmission system. No wheels; skids for landing gear. Natural fabric finish; no sealant or paint of any kind. Material: Wood Fabric, Aluminum

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
A19610048000
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum