Plaque, Wright Brothers 1903 and Apollo 11 Flights


Display Status:

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:

This plaque commemorates two of humankind's greatest flight achievements - the first powered, controlled flight of the Wright Brothers in December 1903 and the first human lunar landing (Apollo 11) in July 1969. The fabric and wood pieces in the middle of the plaque are from the Wright Brothers airplane, Kitty Hawk. These two pieces were flown on the Apollo 11 mission and were in the lunar module Eagle that landed on the Moon with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. The plaque was transferred to the Smithsonian from the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1972.

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Credit Line

Gift of the U.S. Air Force Museum

Country of Origin

United States of America


Wood and fabric pieces on cardboard with two letters. Cardboard between two sheets of plastic fastened by metal screws.


  • 3-D (Overall): 33.5 × 2 × 19cm (13 3/16 × 13/16 × 7 1/2 in.)
  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Wood Chip): 1.3 x 3cm (1/2 x 1 3/16 in.)
  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Fabric): 8.9 x 10.2cm (3 1/2 in. x 4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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



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