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First to Fly Army Demonstration

First to Fly  Army Demonstration
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Title: First to Fly Army Demonstration
Description: 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
September 17, 1908 
City, State: Fort Myer, Virginia
Bruno, Harry, 1893-1978 : Papers, 1919-1969
Genre: Photograph
The derrick at left was used to lift a counterweight that catapulted the Flyer into the air.
Subjects: Trees
Airplane, Military
Military uniforms
Outdoor photography
Clothing and dress
Fields (Agriculture)

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