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News-Antique.com - Mar 11,2010 - March 11, 2010 -- Photographs are like footprints in history. Truth tellers. Eyes of the past.
The eyes of the world were on the Wright Brothers during the summer of 1908 and their revolutionary flying machines.
It was the first time one of them flew solo without the other close by and the flight was captured on film.
Wilbur was flying almost daily out of a field in Le Mans, France. In five months he made 129 flights while Orville stayed in Dayton, Ohio, getting ready to fly a second airplane to Fort Myer, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
Wilbur ultimately moved to a larger field at Camp d’ Auvours and made his first flight out of there on August 21.
Some Frenchmen doubted Wilbur could even get his flying machine off the ground. They figured if he did it was because he was an accomplished acrobat trained to balance his machine in flight.
The Wright brothers were a team from the beginning. Wilbur described it best:
“From the time we were little children, my brother Orville and myself lived together, played together, worked together, and, in fact, thought together. We usually owned all our toys in common, talked over our thoughts and aspirations so that nearly everything that was done in our lives has been the result of conversations, suggestions, and discussions between us.”
On Nov. 8 the International Poster Center in New York, held its semi-annual rare and vintage poster auction. Included in the auction were several pieces of Wright Brothers memorabilia.
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