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:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
- Orville Wright
- Wilbur Wright
Gift of Sue Hersman.
- 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
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.