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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