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Extraordinary Orville Wright Letter Discussing the Birth of Manned Flight at Kitty Hawk

Typed Letter Signed

3 pages

SMC 382

Lawrence L. Driggs, who later went on to write extensively about early aviation, wrote a letter to Orville Wright asking him what was "the most interesting or significant episode in the birth of flying at Kitty Hawk." This long letter is Wright's response, primarily describing unusual soaring experiences during various test-flights.
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An Early and Rare Account by Orville Wright of the First Flight at Kitty Hawk

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2 pages

SMC 431

Three weeks after the first flight at Kitty Hawk, Orville Wright dives into a detailed and technical explanation of what went right in the flight, and what went wrong.
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Orville Wright Sets the Record Straight About the First Flight

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SMC 728

Twenty seven years after making history at Kitty Hawk, Orville Wright sets the record straight about three questions surrounding the first flight.
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