Orville Wright, October 1911
Lot 1020
ORVILLE WRIGHT AND THE 1911 GLIDER. Group of 4 black and white photographs,
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£1,300 - 1,900

Lot Details
ORVILLE WRIGHT AND THE 1911 GLIDER.
Group of 4 black and white photographs, 4½ x 6½ inches, each with P-J Press Bureau inkstamp on verso.

In October of 1911, Orville Wright returned to Kill Devil Hills with his brother Lorin and his English friend Alec Ogilvie. He had developed a new glider, and wanted to try out an automatic control system, but thought better of it when he saw the reporters present. The glider had what is now considered a 'conventional tailplane' rather than the front-mounted elevator, and the pilot sat in a seat rather than lying on his stomach as in earlier Wright gliders. On October 24, Orville flew for 9 minutes 45 seconds, breaking the brothers' previous 1903 record, and setting a standard that would last for almost a decade.
Comprising: Orville using a rangefinder to measure the course; he and Ogilvie making adjustments to the glider; the glider in flight, with spectators below.
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