[First flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m.; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina]
[1903 Dec. 17]
1 negative : glass, dry plate ; 5 x 7 in.
Photograph shows the first powered, controlled, sustained flight. Orville Wright at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright running alongside to balance the machine, has just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other items needed for flight preparation are visible behind the machine. (Orville Wright preset the camera and had John T. Daniels squeeze the rubber bulb, tripping the shutter.)
Title and subject note from: Wilbur & Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 57.
Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright.
Restricted access. Please use digital image or other reference copy. Original negative is too fragile to serve.
Forms part of: Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Published in: The tradition of technology : Landmarks of Western technology ... / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1995, p. 286.
Published in: American treasures in the Library of Congress. New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1997, p. 96.
Published in: Eyes of the nation : a visual history of the United States / Vincent Virga and curators of the Library of Congress. New York : Knopf, 1997.
Library of Congress prints and photographs: an illustrated guide / Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1995, p. 19.
Published in: Viewpoints; a selection from the pictorial collections of the Library of Congress .... Washington : Library of Congress ..., 1975, no. 49.
Airplanes--North Carolina--Kitty Hawk--1900-1910.
Firsts--North Carolina--Kitty Hawk--1900-1910.
Dry plate negatives--1900-1910.
No known restriction on publication.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright (DLC) 00649999
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Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppprs.00626
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