Orville Wright's First Virginia Flight

Orville Wright's First Virginia Flight (HM21KK)

Location: Arlington, VA 22201 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 52.86', W 77° 5.036'

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Orville Wright made his first heavier-than air
flight in Virginia at Fort Myer for the U.S.
Army on 3 Sept. 1908. He flew the plane
slightly more than a minute, reaching a
speed of 40 miles per hour. During the next
two weeks here, Wright broke world records
for speed and time spent in the air for a
heavier than air craft. On 17 Sept. 1908,
however the plane crashed, killing Lt. Thomas
Selfridge and injuring Wright. In 1909, the
Wright brothers returned to Fort Myer. After
additional flight tests, the Army bought their
plane for $25,000 on 31 July 1909 for its
first military aircraft.
HM NumberHM21KK
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 319238 N 4305635
Decimal Degrees38.88100000, -77.08393333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.86', W 77° 5.036'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 51.6" N, 77° 5' 2.16" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2151 Arlington Blvd, Arlington VA 22201, US
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