WRIGHT AT HUNAUDIERES, AUGUST 1908. Group of 4 black and white photographs, 5 x 7 inches, 3 with inkstamped credits on verso of M. Rol, the fourth with credit of M. Branger.
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WRIGHT AT HUNAUDIERES, AUGUST 1908. Group of 4 black and white photographs, 5 x 7 inches, 3 with inkstamped credits on verso of M. Rol, the fourth with credit of M. Branger.
US$ 2,500 - 3,500
£1,500 - 2,100
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WRIGHT AT HUNAUDIERES, AUGUST 1908.
Group of 4 black and white photographs, 5 x 7 inches, 3 with inkstamped credits on verso of M. Rol, the fourth with credit of M. Branger.

Wilbur made his first flight in Europe on August 8, at Hunaudières racecourse at Le Mans. He wrote to his brother the following day, "I finished the machine yesterday far enough to enable me to make a little flight ... A number of people had come down from Paris, including two Russian officers who have been waiting there for several weeks by instruction of their government ... I made two rounds of the field in a little less than two minutes and landed in front of the grand stand."
Comprising the Flyer being prepared at the race track; the machine aloft (2, one with grand stand visible below); and Wilbur at the controls (possibly taken at Camp d'Auvours a week or two later).
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