This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Collection Item Summary:
The U.S. Army Signal Corps advertised for bids for a two-seat observation aircraft and in 1908 and 1909, the Wrights flew the Wright 1908 Military Flyer at official Army trials at Fort Myer, Virginia. On September 17, 1908, Orville Wright and Lieutenant Thomas Etholen Selfridge made a flight as a part of these trials. While in the air, a blade on the propeller broke and the aircraft fell from 75 feet up and landed on Wright and Selfridge. Both men sustained severe injuries. Wright broke a leg and several ribs, and Selfridge was taken off the field unconscious. Selfridge died shortly after the accident from his injuries and became powered flight's first fatality. The Army was to purchase the Wright (Co) Type A Military (Signal Corps No. 1) for $30,000 in 1909.
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Restrictions & Rights
- Wright, Orville 1871-1948
- Knab, Frederick 1865-1918
- Taylor, Charles Edward 1868-1956
- Lahm, Frank Purdy 1877-1963
- Selfridge, Thomas Etholen
- Photographic prints
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