Orville Wright Letter


Orville Wright Letter


The Orville Wright Letter consists of one 4-page typed letter by Orville Wright signed on Wright Company letterhead, dated April 7, 1915, to Frederick Eppelsheimer of the New York Herald, discussing the possibility of using a pendulum to provide lateral stabilization to an aircraft, which he had publicly demonstrated in 1913. The letter also mentions the death of his brother Wilbur in 1912, references fellow aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss, and alludes to the 'patent wars' lawsuits. The letter is accompanied by a small matte-finish portrait of Eppelsheimer, dated 1918, apparently used for a passport.




Wright, Orville, 1871-1948


All materials are in English.

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The Museum of Flight Archives


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Bibliographic Citation

The Orville Wright Letter/The Museum of Flight



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[Portrait of Frederick Eppelsheimer]
Photographic portrait of Frederick Eppelsheimer, circa 1918. This photograph was used for a passport and is included with the Orville Wright letter.Inscription: "Frederick Eppelsheimer."Inscription on verso: "1918 passport to France."Notecard…

[Letter to Frederick Eppelsheimer from Orville Wright, April 7, 1915]
Letter to Frederick Eppelsheimer of the New York Herald from Orville Wright, April 7, 1915. Discusses the use of pendulums in providing lateral stabilization for aircraft and the conditions necessary for soaring or hovering flight. Also mentions the…
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