AVIATION: RELICS OF THE KITTY HAWK.

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Lot 108
AVIATION: RELICS OF THE KITTY HAWK.

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AVIATION: RELICS OF THE KITTY HAWK.
Large swatch of fabric (87 x 58 mm) and piece of wood (40 x 17 mm) from the Kitty Hawk glider which flew at Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903. Preserved together in lucite with facsimile of the original presentation note from Orville Wright. Mounted on a custom stand.
WITH: TLS from industrialist Edward Andrew Deeds, to Mrs. W.D. Pruden, informing her that she is being presented with these pieces of the Kitty Hawk as a thank you.

THE DYING WISH OF ORVILLE WRIGHT. The presentation note reads in full: "As a token of my appreciation of your courtesy in surrendering a piece which for some time had been in your possession which you had, of our 1905 plane, I present to you two small pieces of the "Kitty Hawk" which flew at Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903. I authenticate the above pieces as genuine parts of the original "Kitty Hawk" plane flown on December 17, 1903. They are from parts broken when the plane, while still standing on the ground, was overturned by the wind after the fourth flight on that day. Orville Wright."
The accompanying letter further explicates, "Prior to the death of Orville Wright, it was his plan to send to each of you [those who helped in the reconstruction of the 1905 plane] ... a souvenir consisting of small parts of the first plane to fly at Kitty Hawk in 1903. At the time of his death, he was composing a letter to go to each of you, transmitting such parts. A draft of the proposed letter was on his desk. It bore his signature as well as some small corrections which he had made in his own handwriting ... In carrying out the wish of Mr. Wright, I thought that these souvenirs would be more lasting if mounted to a plaque together with a photograph of the letter which Orville had composed and signed...."
Records indicate that only 9 such plaques were presented to donors.
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