Orville Wright Signed Photograph at Kitty Hawk
Item Number: 14156
The Wright Brothers were inventors and aviation pioneers who invented and built the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.
Historic vintage image of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, signed in the lower right in fountain pen "Orville Wright." This fascinating shot of the first flight captures one of man's greatest achievements. Printed on the white border: "First Man-Flight, December 17, 1903 Kitty Hawk, N.C." Printed on cardstock, size 6.25" x 4.5". In good condition, with half inch tears to top and bottom borders (not touching image or signature), some creasing on white border.
The Wright Brothers gained the mechanical skills essential for flight by working for years in their bicycle shop. Their work with bicycles influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice. The Wright Brothers finally achieved their first flight on December 17, 1903, making two flights each into a freezing headwind gusting to 27 miles per hour. The first flight, by Orville at 10:35 am, of 120 feet in 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour over the ground, was recorded in this famous photograph by one of the only 5 witnesses to this historic event.