Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Orville Wright’s First Virginia Flight
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C-7.)
Location. 38° 52.86′ N, 77° 5.036′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Arlington Boulevard (U.S. 50) and North Pershing Drive, on the right when traveling east on Arlington Boulevard. It is just outside Henry Gate for Joint Base Myer’s Henderson Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within World’s First Public Passenger Flight (here, next to this marker); Fort Whipple (within shouting distance of this marker); 12th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Myer Historic District (about 500 feet away); The Commander in Chief's Oak (about 500 feet away); Centennial of Military Aviation (about 500 feet away); Thomas Etholen Selfridge (about 500 feet away); Famous Firsts in Aeronautics at Fort Myer (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker with this same number titled “First Heavier-Than-Air Flight in Virginia” that read, “The first heavier-than-air flight in Virginia was made by Orville Wright at Fort Myers on 4 September 1908. A United States Signal Corps log noted the flight spanned three miles at a height of 40 feet. The engine’s condition following the flight of four minutes and fifteen seconds was described as ‘good.’ The engine ran a total of six minutes.”
Also see . . . Fatal Fall of Wright Airship. New York Times 1908 article. “As the aeroplane dashed off the rising track Lieut. Selfridge waved his hand gayly to a group of army officers and newspaper men and threw back some laughing remarks that were drowned in the whir of the propellers. As he swept around Selfridge evidently was enjoying himself thoroughly. When the machine sailed above the heads of the crowd at the head of the field it could be seen plainly that he and Wright were holding an animated conversation. Selfridge interrupted this for a moment to wave a greeting to his friends.
“The aeroplane had made three complete circuits of the big parade ground and was dashing around a curve at the far end of the field on the final lap of its fourth when the propeller blade broke. It snapped short off close (Submitted on September 9, 2017.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.