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Fragment, Propeller, Wright

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This object is on display in the The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

Wooden fragment from one of the propellers of the 1908 Wright Military Flyer. The fragment was separated from the aircraft at the time of the September 17, 1908, crash at Fort Myer, Virginia, which killed Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge and severely injured Orville Wright.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

  • Orville Wright
  • Wilbur Wright

Credit Line

Gift of Sue Hersman.

Materials

Wood

Dimensions

  • 3-D (Fragment): 11 × 1 × 1cm (4 5/16 × 3/8 × 3/8 in.)
  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Tag): 5.3 × 9.5cm (2 1/16 × 3 3/4 in.)

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Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1908

Physical Description

Wooden fragment from propeller of 1908 Wright Military Flyer. Tag tied to fragment indicating provenance that appears to date from the period the fragment separated from the aircraft, i.e., 1908.

Type

MEMORABILIA-People

Inventory Number

A19990071000