ORVILLE WRIGHT Check filled out and signed twice. Partly Printed Check signed twice: "Orville Wright" , endorsed on verso: " The Wright Company/Meabel Beck", 7½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1915 October 28. Check payable to The Wright Company. Drawn on The Winters National, Dayton, Ohio.While the Wrights had been testing their gliders on Kill Devil Hill for a number of years, that day was different. 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. 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 hole through "O" in Orville. Checks filled out by Orville Wright himself are unusual.
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