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    Kitty Hawk Wright Flyer: Piece of Original Fabric on a Blank Presentation Certificate. 8.5" x 11", 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 [blank]. 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 1.125" x 1.25" square of fabric has been glued to the certificate. Extremely clean and crisp, thus near mint. Extremely rare blank certificate.

    Accompanying this lot are two letters from the Paul K. Guillow company explaining how they came to be in possession of a piece of the original Wright Flyer given to them by Lester D. Gardner. This swatch and certificate was issued by them in 1978 on the 75th anniversary of the first powered manned flight. The Gardner signature is a facsimile. This lot requires 3rd party shipping.




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    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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