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


First to Fly-Army Demonstration

First to Fly-Army Demonstration | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Demonstration of the Wright Flyer.
Demonstration of the Wright Flyer.
Image ID:10351
Creation Date: 09 12 1908
Creator Name:United States. Army. Army Air Service.
City:Fort Myer
Collection Name:Subject albums, 1753?-1990? (bulk circa 1850s-circa 1950s)
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:Album 24.15
Original Dimensions:6.25 x 4 inches
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.
Fields (Agriculture)
Clothing and dress
Aeronautics, Military
Outdoor photography
Air pilots

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