Launching the 1902 Glider with Orville Wright Piloting, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Summary

Their 1902 glider was the Wright brothers' third aircraft tested at Kitty Hawk in as many years. It was also the first built with aerodynamic calculations based on the Wrights' own wind tunnel tests. The improvement in performance was stunning. The brothers made more than 700 glides in 1902. Many were over 500 feet long, and some exceeded 600 feet.

Their 1902 glider was the Wright brothers' third aircraft tested at Kitty Hawk in as many years. It was also the first built with aerodynamic calculations based on the Wrights' own wind tunnel tests. The improvement in performance was stunning. The brothers made more than 700 glides in 1902. Many were over 500 feet long, and some exceeded 600 feet.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

October 1902

Creators

Spratt, G. A. (George Alexander), 1880-1934 

Creator Notes

Original photograph attributed to George Spratt.

Collection Title

Wright Brothers Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.B.34542

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 4 in

Width: 5.125 in

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