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    Kitty Hawk Wright Flyer: Piece of Original Fabric on a Presentation Certificate. 8" x 10", bearing a printed statement of authenticity signed by Lester D. Gardner, founder of Aviation Magazine. The statement reads as follows: "Original Fabric From Kitty Hawk 'Wright Flyer' Certification for Lee J. Hilton. When Orville Wright, at my suggestion, assembled the Kitty Hawk machine for the first time, in 1916, at the opening of the new buildings of M.I.T. in Cambridge, he found that the original fabric could not be used and substituted new fabric of the identical material. When he died, his executors found that he had preserved some of the original coverings of the wings and entrusted several pieces of this most valuable relic to me for distribution to notable aeronautical friends. I certify that this piece was used in the first successful flight in history by Orville Wright on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, N.C." A .5" x 1.75" section of fabric has been taped to the certificate. Very clean and crisp.

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    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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