First to Fly Army Demonstration
Soldiers at Fort Myer, Virginia, watching Orville Wright demonstrate the Wright Brothers' airplane for the U.S. Army. Milwaukee's Billy Mitchell is said to have attended this test as a young Signal Corps officer. This is what he would have witnessed. Mitchell was the first person with Wisconsin ties to witness the Wright Brothers' plane in flight.
Image ID: 10400
Creation Date: 1908-09-17
Creator Name: Unknown
City: Fort Myer
Collection Name: Harry A. Bruno papers, 1919-1969
Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number: U.S. Mss 53AF Box 3
Original Dimensions: 6 x 4.5 inches
The derrick at left was used to lift a counterweight that catapulted the Flyer into the air.
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