PILOT TRAINING, PAU, EARLY 1909.
Group of 4 black and white photographs, 5 x 7 inches, 3 with inkstamped credits on verso of M. Rol.
In the summer of 1908, while Orville was working on convincing the American authorities of the efficacy of their machine, Wilbur was trying to fulfill the criteria set by the brothers' European backers. One stipulation was that the Wrights had to train three pilots.
Wilbur started training three students in Auvours in October 1908, but, joined by Orville and their sister Katherine, he began in earnest in 1909 at Pau in the south of France.
Comprising Wilbur and the students Capitaine Lucas de Girardville, Comte Charles de Lambert, and Paul Tissandier; Orville with Tissandier and de Lambert, demonstrating the controls; towing out an airplane; Lambert and Wilbur in flight.