WILBUR WRIGHT - CHECK SIGNED-WRIGHT CYCLE/WILBUR WRIGHT 01/05/1905 - HFSID 6075
Sale Price $3,825.00
Signed while building the Wright Flyer III, the world's first practical airplane.
Partly Printed Check signed: "Wright Cycle Co W/W.W.", 8½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1905 January 5. Drawn on the Winters National Bank, payable to "Excelsior Laundry" for $1.98. Wilbur had begun to write his initials above the line, then crossed out the "W" and initialed below the line. During 1904 and 1905, the Wrights built and tested new planes and engines. An improved Flyer II was flown near Dayton, Ohio in 1904. At Simms Station, Ohio, on October 5, 1905, Wilbur flew for 24 miles in 38 minutes, landing only when their new Flyer III gas tank ran dry. The Flyer III was powered by a 15 horse powered engine. This was the Wright brothers' first flight of more than a half hour and renewed their confidence in man's ability to sustain flight. They had invented the first fully practical airplane that could turn, bank, circle and fly figure eights. They decided to stop flying and try to market their machine without actually showing it to anyone. They offered it to the U.S. but were rejected with a form letter from the War Department. They were asking $200,000 for their airplane. European governments were reluctant to pay so much for a machine they could not see. Bank cancellation hole obliterates most of the "le" of Cycle. Lightly creased, mid-vertical fold. Overall, fine condition.
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