The Wright Brothers  - The Invention of the Aerial Age

Orville's mandolin. 200 intricately carved wing shapes. One surviving wingtip. These artifacts in the Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age online exhibit offer rich details and personal insights into the Wright brothers' lives. Begin exploring and learn more about the Wright brothers.


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1902 Glider Wingtip
Gift of Frederick B. Drane
This wingtip is the only surviving piece from any of the three Wright gliders. The brothers viewed the gliders simply as research tools. Because the aircraft were so beat up from flight testing and repair, Wilbur and Orville simply left them behind at Kitty Hawk when they departed. This wingtip was scavenged years later.
1902 Glider Wingtip

 

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