WRIGHT, ORVILLE. (1871-1948). American inventor and aviation pioneer who, with his brother Wilbur, completed the first sustained and piloted flight of a heavier-than-air machine. CS. (“Orville Wright”). 1p. Oblong 12mo. N.p., N.d.
Stunning, Archivally-Framed and Matted Signature of Wilbur Wright
Signed by Orville Wright
The Wright Brothers’ ongoing interest in all things mechanical was put to its first practical application in their Dayton, Ohio shop when they began producing bicycles on a small scale in 1896. That same year, Wilbur became fascinated with aviation after reading about German aviator Otto Lilienthal’s accidental death. Serious aeronautical work and experimentation began in 1899 when Wilbur wrote the Smithsonian Institution to request copies of everything available on the topic, having exhausted his own sources. In 1901, the first Wright glider was tested at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and, after several years of intense experimentation, the brothers returned to test a motor-powered airplane. On December 17, 1903, they made four successful flights, the first sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine under a pilot’s control. The historic first flight was captured on film by John T. Daniels using the Wright brothers’ camera, and the iconic image became one of aviation and history’s most famous. The Wright brothers’ accomplishment is eloquently summarized on a plaque displayed with the 1903 airplane at the Smithsonian: “By original scientific research, the Wright brothers discovered the principles of human flight. As inventors, builders and flyers, they further developed the aeroplane, taught man to fly, and opened the era of aviation.”
Archivally matted and framed with a spectacular colorized image of the flight at Kitty Hawk. The signature is lightly toned in the blank, right section, but is still in very fine condition.