ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 12/19/1940 CO-SIGNED BY: MILTON WRIGHT - HFSID 14586
ORVILLE WRIGHT and MILTON WRIGHT. Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1940 December 19. Check No. 2540, drawn on The Winters National Bank & Trust Co., payable to Milton Wright for $700. Endorsed on verso: "Milton Wright
Sale Price $1,020.00
ORVILLE WRIGHT and MILTON WRIGHT. Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1940 December 19. Check No. 2540, drawn on The Winters National Bank & Trust Co., payable to Milton Wright for $700. Endorsed on verso: "Milton Wright". MILTON WRIGHT, born circa 1891, was the nephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright (the son of their brother, Lorin, and his wife, Lou Wright). He had been named after the Wright Brothers' father, Bishop Milton Wright (1828-1917), who was also the father of another son, Reuchlin, and a daughter, Katherine Wright. Along with his brother, Wilbur (1867-1912), ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1948) designed and built the first motor-powered airplane and conducted its first successful flight on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The historic flight of the 12-horsepower biplane, Flyer, covered 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds. In May 1905, the Wright brothers began construction of Flyer III, the first practical airplane that could be maneuvered to turn, bank, circle and fly figure eights. They were granted the first U.S. patent for their flying machine in May 1906. Following Wilbur's death in 1912, Orville became President of the Wright Company and continued as a pioneer in the aviation industry. During WWI (1914-1918), he was a consultant to the Aviation Service of the Army Signal Corps. Slightly creased with mid-vertical fold, not at signatures. Bank stamp on verso touches "Milton" and nicks the "W" of Wright. Cancellation holes, not at signatures. Blue check mark (unknown hand) to right of amount. Overall, fine condition.
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