ORVILLE WRIGHT - CHECK SIGNED-WRIGHT CYCLE/ORVILLE WRIGHT 03/01/1905 - HFSID 6118
Sale Price $722.50
Check filled out and signed by the aviation pioneer!
Autograph Signed Check: "Wright Cycle Co.", endorsed on verso: "Charles Webbert", 7½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1905 March 1. Check payable to "Chas. Webbert"" for "$276.06". Drawn on The Winters National Bank, Dayton, Ohio. ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1948) and his brother, Wilbur (1867-1912), had made aviation history with their Flyer in Kitty Hawk, on North Carolina's Outer Banks, on December 17, 1903. While the Wrights had been testing their gliders on Kill Devil Hill for a number of years, that day was different. At 10:35 a.m., Orville was at the controls of the 21-foot biplane with the 40.3-foot wingspan. The 605-pound craft, powered by a 12-horsepower engine that had four piston cylinders and revved to 1,090 rpm, left the ground, staying aloft for 12 seconds and covering 120 feet at an altitude of ten feet. Later that day, during one of their three test flights, Wilbur also manned the controls, traveling 852 feet in 59 seconds. The Wright brothers were granted the first U.S. patent for the Flying Machine in May 1906. After Wilbur's death from typhoid fever in 1912, Orville continued to be an innovator in the aviation field. Cancellation holes, one through signature. Center fold through check. Binding hole at center of signee. Toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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