Wright, Orville, 1871-1948

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Birth 1871-08-19
Death 1948-01-30
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Biographical notes:

Orville Wright was a pioneer aviator. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, 1871 Aug 19. He was a son of Bishop Milton and Susan Catherine (Koerner) Wright. In 1903, with his brother Wilbur, he devoted much of his time to Wright Bros.' flying machine.

From the description of Letter, 1943. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122537770

Biographical Notes

Wilbur Wright

  • 1867, Apr. 16: Born, Millville, Ind.
  • 1889: Editor, West Side News (weekly newspaper), Dayton, Ohio
  • 1892: Opened bicycle shop, Wright Cycle Co., Dayton, Ohio
  • 1899: Built and flew biplane kite to test "wing-warping" method of controlling a flying machine, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1900: Tested first Wright glider near Kitty Hawk, N. C., and nearby Kill Devil Hills, N. C.
  • 1901: Tested 1901 glider near Kitty Hawk, N. C. Addressed Western Society of Engineers in Chicago, Ill., regarding aeronautical experiments Built wind tunnel and experimented with wing designs in the Wright Cycle Co., Dayton, Ohio
  • 1902: Tested 1902 glider near Kitty Hawk, N. C.
  • 1903, Dec. 17: Participated with Orville Wright in the first successful flight in a motor-powered airplane and flew longest of the four flights made that day near Kitty Hawk, N. C.
  • 1904 - 1905 : Conducted flight tests at Huffman Prairie near Dayton, Ohio
  • 1906: Patent for airplane issued to Wright brothers
  • 1907: Traveled to Europe to begin negotiations for sale of Wright airplane abroad
  • 1908: Sold Wright airplane to U.S. War Department Made first public flight near Le Mans, France
  • 1908 - 1909 : Flew demonstration flights in France and Italy
  • 1909: As part of Hudson-Fulton Celebration, flew demonstration flights from Governors Island, N. Y., to the Statue of Liberty and Grant's Tomb, New York, N. Y. Instructed first U. S. Army pilots, College Park, Md. Wright Co. incorporated; served as president
  • 1909 - 1912 : Involved in patent infringement lawsuits
  • 1912, May 20: Died, Dayton, Ohio

Orville Wright

  • 1871, Aug. 19: Born, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1888: Designed and built a professional printing press
  • 1889 - 1890 : Published West Side News (weekly newspaper), Dayton, Ohio
  • 1890: Published Evening Item (daily newspaper), Dayton, Ohio
  • 1892: Opened bicycle shop, Wright Cycle Co., Dayton, Ohio
  • 1900: Tested first Wright glider near Kitty Hawk, N. C., and nearby Kill Devil Hills, N. C.
  • 1901: Tested 1901 glider near Kitty Hawk, N. C. Built wind tunnel and experimented with wing designs in the Wright Cycle Co., Dayton, Ohio
  • 1902: Tested 1902 glider near Kitty Hawk, N. C.
  • 1903, Dec. 17: Made first successful flight in a motor-powered airplane near Kitty Hawk, N. C.
  • 1904 - 1905 : Conducted flight tests at Huffman Prairie near Dayton, Ohio
  • 1906: Patent for airplane issued to Wright brothers
  • 1907: Joined Wilbur Wright in Europe to negotiate sale of Wright airplane abroad
  • 1908: Sold Wright airplane to U. S. War Department Conducted U. S. Army flight trials, Fort Myer, Va.; seriously injured in a crash on Sept. 17
  • 1909: Flew demonstration flights in Germany Wright Co. incorporated; served as vice president
  • 1915: Sold his interest in Wright Co.
  • 1917: Established Wright Aeronautical Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1920 - 1948 : Member of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
  • 1928: Lent 1903 airplane to Science Museum, London, England
  • 1932: Attended dedication of Kill Devil Hill National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, N. C., honoring Wright brothers
  • 1948, Jan. 30: Died, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1948: 1903 airplane presented to Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., by his estate

From the guide to the Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright Papers, 1809-1979, (bulk 1900-1948), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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