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a little music?
We have a selection
of tunes that were popular during the
days of aviation, performed by Sue
Keller, courtesy the
Scott Joplin 1909
Available in Française, Español, Português, Deutsch, Россию,
日本, and others.
you have a question or a comment about the Wright brothers, the
invention of the airplane, or any other topic that has to do with
pioneer aviation before the First World War, please write us.
Our email address is:
Our mailing address is:
Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company
P.O. Box 204
West Milton, Ohio 45383
Before you contact us, you may want to scan these answers to
questions that we so often get from visitors.
Where is the museum and what are your hours?
Should you want to visit us, that could be problematic. We are a virtual museum only. Although we
have built (and flown) a good many Wright airplanes, as well as
Wright bicycles, flight simulators, and
exhibits, these are on display at other museums around the world.
We can however, come to visit you. We have a "portable museum" of
the Wright brothers that we bring to schools, libraries, and and
special events. If you'd like to host us, see our
Secret of Flight program in
Exhibits & Programs.
Will you send information and brochures?
No, sorry. All the information we offer is on line, here on our web
site. And there's a lot of it. Even if we had printed material to
send, it would not be half as detailed or complete as you can find
here. By the way, we too were students once and collected
brochures so we could copy them to create short reports. Try
The Wright Story – it may be just what you're looking for. You
should also browse our
Help With Homework section. Not only does this offer text you
might plagiarize, we've also stashed some photos and drawings there
as well. Pay particular attention to the four concise
informative pieces we have placed there for download. We designed
these especially for students who are doing History Day projects,
but they will also help with reports and term papers. They are:
Can we have permission to publish a photo?
We are not a clearing house for historic aviation photos. The 48
high-resolution historic images we have posted in
Help With Homework
are for "scholarly" use only -- school reports, term papers, History
Day projects, and the like. Unless you want to publish one of the
contemporary color photos that we have taken of our flight
experiments, we cannot legally give you permission to publish old
photos. However, you can download high-resolution images of
Wright brothers' photos from the
Library of Congress. Since these are in the public domain, they
may be used without permission. If these won't do, by far the next
best source is the
and Collections at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library at Wright State
University in Dayton, Ohio. They have an astounding collection
of Wright brothers and pioneer aviation materials, their fees are
reasonable, and they are both knowledgeable and helpful far beyond
In 1911 Earle Ovington, flying a Bleriot XI, delivered the first bag
of air mail in the United States – 640 letters and 1280 postcards.
Postmaster General Edward M. Morgan is at the extreme left.
When Cal Rodgers crossed the United States in the "Vin Fiz" in 1911,
he sold and carried his own souvenir air mail.
Charley Furnas, who flew with the Wright brothers to become the
first airplane passenger in 1908, was honored with this special air
mail cancellation stamp in 1938.