Orville WRIGHT (1871-1948)

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5000 - 7000 EUR
Orville WRIGHT (1871-1948)
Lettre dactylographiée signée à Fred L. Black. Dayton (Ohio), 19 octobre 1937. 1 p. et demie sur 2 f. in-4 (26,7 x 18,4 cm) de papier vélin à en-tête gravé, encre noire. Belle lettre à Fred L. Black, de l'Institut Edison de Dearborn (Michigan), relative aux affirmations de Gustave Whitehead (1874- 1927) prétendant avoir été le premier à faire voler un avion à moteur le 14 août 1901: «I have not seen the book “Lost Flights of Gustave Whitehead”, but I did see the story on the same subject printed in “Popular Aviation” of January, 1935, and signed by Stella Randolph and Harvey Phillips. I have learned through a friend in Washington that Miss Randolph works in a doctor's office in Washington; that she has no particular interest in aviation; that the Harvey Phillips whom she had not known before, induced her to collaborate with him in the preparation of the story. I suspect that, could it be traced, the idea for the book would be found to have originated in the mind of A. F. Zahm, of whom you already know. He has been quite active in this matter, as I have learned from several sources. [...]» En août 1945, Orville Wright publia dans US Air Services une déclaration officielle sur Gustave Whitehead et son vol présumé, intitulée: «The Mythical Whitehead Flight». Petite déchirure marginale, sans manque
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