Preparing for a Demonstration Flight of the Wright Flyer, France, 1908-1909

Summary

Because the Wright brothers' early airplanes had no wheels in their landing gear, the planes required smooth, flat surfaces for takeoffs. The brothers created a wooden monorail track over which their airplanes could ride during launch. This photo shows sections of the track being moved during Wilbur Wright's successful demonstration flights in France in 1908-1909.

Because the Wright brothers' early airplanes had no wheels in their landing gear, the planes required smooth, flat surfaces for takeoffs. The brothers created a wooden monorail track over which their airplanes could ride during launch. This photo shows sections of the track being moved during Wilbur Wright's successful demonstration flights in France in 1908-1909.

Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Subject Date

1909-1909

Collection Title

Leon Bollee Photographs 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2000.53.110

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Glass (Material)

Technique

Gelatin dry plate process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 5.000 in

Width: 7.000 in

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