"First Flight" Footnotes
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All objects (with one exception, noted below) pictured throughout "First Flight" are currently held in The Franklin Institute's protected collection of objects obtained from the Wright Brothers. The images, which were digitized specifically for this usage, are © The Franklin Institute. All rights are reserved. For inquiries regarding any of the digital images or objects in "First Flight," contact the firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The digitization process, which began in the Summer of 1998, took several months. The original objects include photographs, drawings, and three-dimensional objects. Great care was taken with the objects as they were brought out of storage to be captured for this electronic presentation. Currently, only a very few of these objects are on display in the museum. This electronic resource provides the greatest public access to The Franklin Institute's Wright Collection.
Digital cameras and flatbed scanners were used to create the digital images. In some cases extra light was added by computer to enhance the legibility of the image.
The Franklin Institute acknowledges the assistance of Gary Bradshaw in obtaining the digital image of Orville Wright that appears in this resource.
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Orville instructed that, upon his death, The Franklin Institute should receive his collection of airfoils and devices. The Franklin Institute was the first scientific organization to give the Wright brothers credit and ranking for achieving sustained powered flight. Today, The Franklin Institute Science Museum has the largest collection of artifacts from the Wright brothers' workshop. The objects presented electronically in "First Flight" are just a small subset of the collection. For the purposes of this electronic resource, only objects used between 1896 and 1904 are considered.
The following text about the collection appeared in the August, 1951 edition of the "Journal of The Franklin Institute."
"Dr. Orville Wright deeded to The Franklin Institute in his will and through the Executors of his Estate all of his and his brother's, Wilbur Wright's, original wind tunnel apparatus, model airfoils, test data and drawings of their early airplanes. The collection also includes airfoil models tested at McCook Field during 1910, 1920, and 1921 as well as some of Orville Wright's experimental aviation devices with which he worked during his lifetime. These include a shaper and cutters to prepare wax airfoil models, a special scale, smoke apparatus for wind tunnel use, a bank indicator, an incidence indicator, automatic control devices for wind tunnel and airplane control, an automatic landing device and a cypher machine.
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