Wright Flyer in England | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Wright Flyer in England

Wright Flyer in England | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
After his "mistaken" trans-Atlantic flight to Great Britain, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan visited the original 1903 Wright Flyer then on display at the Science Museum in London. Although aviation publicist Harry Bruno did not represent Douglas Corrigan, he used this photograph on behalf of an organization that he did represent, the Association of Men with Wings.  The AMW was formed to bring the Flyer back to the United States. Many may be surprised to know that the 1903 Flyer has been on display at the Smithsonian only since 1948.  This happened because the Smithsonian had angered Orville Wright by attributing the first heavier-than-air flight to the Langley Aerodrome, not the Wright Flyer. As a result, Orville Wright shipped the Flyer to Great Britain in 1926. Eventually the Smithsonian apologized, and shortly before his death, Wright relented. The Wright Flyer was put on exhibit at the Smithsonian in 1948.
DESCRIPTION
After his "mistaken" trans-Atlantic flight to Great Britain, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan visited the original 1903 Wright Flyer then on display at the Science Museum in London. Although aviation publicist Harry Bruno did not represent Douglas Corrigan, he used this photograph on behalf of an organization that he did represent, the Association of Men with Wings. The AMW was formed to bring the Flyer back to the United States. Many may be surprised to know that the 1903 Flyer has been on display at the Smithsonian only since 1948. This happened because the Smithsonian had angered Orville Wright by attributing the first heavier-than-air flight to the Langley Aerodrome, not the Wright Flyer. As a result, Orville Wright shipped the Flyer to Great Britain in 1926. Eventually the Smithsonian apologized, and shortly before his death, Wright relented. The Wright Flyer was put on exhibit at the Smithsonian in 1948.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:10991
Creation Date: 1938
Creator Name:International News Photos
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Collection Name:Harry A. Bruno papers, 1919-1969
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:U.S. Mss 53AF Box 3
Original Dimensions:6.5 x 8.5 inches
SUBJECTS
Airplanes
Men
Indoor photography
Suits (Clothing)
Museums

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