Orville Wright

Wright, Orville

Inventor, and aviation pioneer (1871-1948). Studio portrait photograph signed and dated, "Orville Wright / Dec. 17, 1928," 10 x 8 inch.
$ 5,104 / 4.500 € (60451)

The head and shoulders photograph was signed on the occasion of the International Air Congress commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight. Accompanied by a brochure from that event: "Brochure of the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration of The First Successful Airplane Flight 1903-1928 Kitty Hawk, N.C. December 17, 1928," 12 pages plus wrapper.

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Wright, Orville

Luftfahrtpionier (1871-1948). Private Pilot License with autograph signature ("Orville Wright"). O. O. 12mo. Mit Portraitphoto des Inhabers sowie Blindstempeln der "National Aeronautic Association of the USA".
$ 1,701 / 1.500 € (40999/BN21481)

Pilot's license (annual license) of the "Féderation Aéronautique Internationale" for the California aircraft designer Kenneth W. Montee (1898-1926); issued for the year of Montee's death and signed by Orville Wright as "Contest Committee Chairman". - Orville was the younger of the Wright brothers and survived his brother Wilbur - who died on typhoid fever in 1912 - by nearly 36 years. He completed his last flight as a pilot in 1918 and then "retired from business and became an elder statesman of aviation, serving on various official boards and committees, including the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor agency to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)" (Wikipedia).

- Montee, of whose work little is known, was one of the unsung geniuses of the second generation of aircraft engineering. He constructed probably about a dozen successful aircraft models and developed numerous innovations to existing types. Together with his father (who learned to fly at the age of 60) and two brothers, he appeared as "The Los Angeles Flying Circus"; he also acted in films and was a flight instructor for Cecil B. DeMille's "Mercury Airlines". Montee died of scarlet fever in December 1926 while carrying out a cartographical project. - Well preserved..

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