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Fred Black (SMS 24)

A collection of material, primarily photographs, gathered by Fred Black about the aeronautical experiments of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Significant materials consist of photographs of the Wright brothers from childhood, their parents, and their early efforts with gliders and powered aircraft.  Their activities in Europe from 1908-1912 are well chronicled with photographs of the Wright brothers with European royalty and some of their first student pilots. Additional photographs contain images of the Wright brothers with various aviation and military personalities and Orville Wright at the dedication ceremony of Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, in 1938. Correspondence in the collection consists of letters between Orville Wright, Edsel Ford, and Fred Black concerning topics such as wind tunnels, motors, and the Wright brothers' home and workshop reconstruction in Greenfield Village.

IMAGE NOTE: Fred Black with Orville Wright from SMS 24


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