ORVILLE AND THE 1911 GLIDER AT KILL DEVIL HILLS.
Group of 11 black and white photographs, 5½ x 7 inches and slightly smaller, most with inkstamped credit on verso of the P-J Press Bureau of Philadelphia.
In 1911 Orville Wright returned to the Kill Devil Hills with a new glider, accompanied by his English friend Alec Ogilvie. The glider had what is now considered a "conventional tailplane" rather than the front mounted elevator. The pilot also was seated with hand controls, rather than lying prone in a cradle, as with the original gliders. On October 24, 1911, Orville soared above Kill Devil Hill for 9 minutes 45 seconds, handily breaking the brothers' previous record of just over one minute, set in 1903. The new record stood for ten years.
Images include a team assembling the glider in front of the hangar; Orville measuring the course with a rangefinder; Wright and Alec Ogilvie working on the machine (4); carrying the glider up the hill for the start; in flight at some altitude (3); a minor accident.