WRIGHT'S RECORD FLIGHT, OCTOBER 10, 1908. Group of 4 black and white photographs, 5 x 7 inches, with inkstamped credits on verso of M. Rol, Jacques Boyer, and Photographie du Journal.
Lot 13
WRIGHT'S RECORD FLIGHT, OCTOBER 10, 1908. Group of 4 black and white photographs, 5 x 7 inches, with inkstamped credits on verso of M. Rol, Jacques Boyer, and Photographie du Journal.
US$ 2,500 - 3,500
£1,500 - 2,100
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WRIGHT'S RECORD FLIGHT, OCTOBER 10, 1908.
Group of 4 black and white photographs, 5 x 7 inches, with inkstamped credits on verso of M. Rol, Jacques Boyer, and Photographie du Journal.

Wilbur's contract with the French syndicate required that within the space of one week he make two flights carrying a passenger for fifty kilometers. With his flights on October 3 and 6 of 1908, he achieved this feat and secured a $100,000 prize. On October 10, he broke his own record for the duration of a flight, remaining aloft for one hour and nine minutes, with Paul Painlevé as passenger.
Images include Wilbur making final adjustments to the Flyer; preparing the launch rail; the airplane ready on the rail; Wilbur and Painlevé aloft. Also included are a manuscript testimonial confirming the details of the flight (unsigned, in an unidentified hand), and a typed letter signed from a fact-checking reporter at Le Temps to Paul Tissandier, October 12, 1908.
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