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Wrights' Neighbor

Wrights' Neighbor | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Test flight of the bi-plane invented by Ray Zorn of Dayton, Ohio, who later resided in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
DESCRIPTION
Test flight of the bi-plane invented by Ray Zorn of Dayton, Ohio, who later resided in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:10249
Creation Date:July 02 1909
Creator Name:O'Brien, Warren S., Waukesha, Wisconsin
City:Dayton
County:
State:Ohio
Collection Name:O'Brien family : O'Brien family collection, circa 1880-2000
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 6027 Box 93
Original Dimensions:9.5 x 7.5 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Zorn lived in Dayton in the Wrights' neighborhood during the time they were perfecting their airplane. Although the Wrights were somewhat secretive about their work, it is likely Zorn knew about it. Perhaps he witnessed their trials at Huffman Prairie. Like them, he advanced from a glider to a biplane. With ailerons and wheels, but no steering wheel, Zorn's plane was a cross between a Curtiss and a Wright Flyer. Also unique about Zorn's plane is the fact that the engine connected directly to the propellers. Zorn's accomplishments would be unknown except that later when he moved to Waukesha, he became acquainted with aviation historian Warren O'Brien who copied Zorn's original photograph. O'Brien reported Zorn spoke little about his experiences in Dayton.
SUBJECTS
Fields (Agriculture)
Plants
Trees
Clothing and dress
Men
Outdoor photography
Inventions
Airplanes
Air pilots

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