Orville Wright's Telegram

This is the telegram sent by Orville Wright to his father, Bishop Milton Wright, following the successful flight at Kitty Hawk. A typo not only misspelled Orville's name, but understated the flying time by two seconds—he had actually stayed aloft for 59 seconds. The historic message was sent from the Kitty Hawk weather station to the weather station in Norfolk, Virginia, and then relayed by telephone to a commercial telegraph office.

Date:
December 17, 1903
Original Format:
Document
Item#:
1900.0143
Height:
2097px
Width:
2795px
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