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First to Fly-Army Demonstration | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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First to Fly-Army Demonstration

First to Fly-Army Demonstration | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Demonstration of the Wright Flyer.
DESCRIPTION
Demonstration of the Wright Flyer.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:10351
Creation Date: September 12 1908
Creator Name:United States. Army. Army Air Service.
City:Fort Myer
County:
State:Virginia
Collection Name:Album 24 (Aeronautical History)
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:Album 24.15
Original Dimensions:6.25 x 4 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Orville Wright flew the plane for the U.S. Army test, while Wilbur sailed to Europe at about the same time to conduct a similar demonstration for the French. Orville clearly proved the success of their invention, but the test ended abruptly when the Flyer crashed, killing its passenger, Lt. Thomas Selfridge, and seriously injuring Orville. As a result, the conclusion of the military test was postponed to 1909. It was only after 1908 tests that the general public, both in the United States and in Europe, knew of and accepted the Wright Brothers' claims.
SUBJECTS
Fields (Agriculture)
Clothing and dress
Hats
Aeronautics, Military
Crowds
Men
Outdoor photography
Flags
Airplanes
Air pilots

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