Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Uncle Sam Flying With Orville Wright

The Evening Star (Washington, DC) July 31, 1909
Orville Wright made a speed of 47.431 miles per hour in his flight yesterday in returning from the Alexandria end of the course to Fort Myer, according to an official announcement made by the trial board at the War Department today.

His speed from Alexandria to the Fort Myer end of the course was 37.735 miles per hour, making his average 42.583.

The Wright Brothers will receive $30,000 for their aeroplane, $5,000 of which is bonus for excess in speed over contract requirements.

Everything is all satisfactory, said Gen. Allen, the chief signal officer, today. The aeroplane will be accepted formally in a day or two and the payments made to the Wright brothers.

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