ORVILLE WRIGHT - CHECK SIGNED-WRIGHT CYCLE/ORVILLE WRIGHT 03/25/1905 CO-SIGNED BY: CHARLES E. TAYLOR - HFSID 6099
ORVILLE WRIGHT and CHARLES E. TAYLOR $18 check written by Wright to Charles E. Taylor, who built the engine for the first flight Check filled out and signed: "Wright Cycle Co./O.W.", 8¼x3. Endorsed: "C. E. Taylor". Dayton, Ohio, 1905 March 25.
Sale Price $2,000.00
ORVILLE WRIGHT and CHARLES E. TAYLOR
$18 check written by Wright to Charles E. Taylor, who built the engine for the first flight
Check filled out and signed: "Wright Cycle Co./O.W.", 8¼x3. Endorsed: "C. E. Taylor". Dayton, Ohio, 1905 March 25. Un-numbered check, drawn on the Winters National Bank, payable to C. E. Taylor for $18.00. With his brother Wilbur (1867-1912), Orville Wright (1871-1948) formed the Wright Cycle Company in 1892 and manufactured bicycles. The brothers 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. CHARLES E. TAYLOR was first employed by the Wrights in Dayton in 1901. From sketches drawn by the brothers, Taylor built a four-cylinder engine, which produced 12 horsepower. It was installed in their plane and provided the necessary power to get it off the ground on December 17, 1903. Cancellation hole clips "ght" in Wright. Two vertical folds (affecting "W" in Wright). Lightly creased. Lightly worn. Bank processing stamps on verso (no show through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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