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Fort Myer in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Flight of an Airplane on a U.S. Army Installation

This Wright Brothers’ Flyer

 
 
Fiftieth Anniversary - First Flight of an Airplane on a U.S. Army Installation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 29, 2013
1. Fiftieth Anniversary - First Flight of an Airplane on a U.S. Army Installation Marker
Inscription.
(Panel 1: topside of monument)
Commemorating
the
Fiftieth Anniversary
of the
First Flight of an Airplane
on a
U.S. Army Installation

September 3, 1908

(Panel 2: east face of monument)
This Wright Brothers Flyer
Built under an Army Signal Corps
contract was repeatedly test-flown
from these grounds during
September 3-17, 1908

The airplane, Orville Wright at the
controls, took off near this point on
the Fort Myer parade ground on the
first flight, September 8, 1908

Dedicated by the U.S. Army
September 3, 1958

(Rendering of the Wright Flyer in flight)

 
Erected 1958 by U.S. Army.
 
Location. 38° 52.909′ N, 77° 4.936′ W. Marker is in Fort Myer, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Reba Place, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker panels are on the lawn north of the Army aviation memorial - at the west edge of Summerall Field (parade ground); and adjacent to the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
First Flight of an Airplane on a U.S. Army Installation - Fiftieth Anniversary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 29, 2013
2. First Flight of an Airplane on a U.S. Army Installation - Fiftieth Anniversary Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Famous Firsts in Aeronautics at Fort Myer (here, next to this marker); Thomas Etholen Selfridge (here, next to this marker); Centennial of Military Aviation (a few steps from this marker); The Commander in Chief's Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Myer Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); 12th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Whipple (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John C. McKinney Memorial Stables (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Myer.
 
Additional keywords. Summerall Field
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
"First Flight of an Airplane on a U.S. Army Installation" Marker on Summerall Field image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 29, 2013
3. "First Flight of an Airplane on a U.S. Army Installation" Marker on Summerall Field
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 296 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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