Letter from Orville Wright to His Father, December 17, 1903

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Author: Orville Wright
Date: 2015
Publisher: Gale, a Cengage Company
Document Type: Letter
Length: 123 words
Lexile Measure: 1230L
Content Level: (Basic)

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Historical Context

Orville Wright worked with his brother Wilbur from their Dayton, Ohio, bicycle shop, to improve upon successive attempts at flying machines in the early 1900s. He sent this telegram to his father after a series of successful flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The telegraph operator misspelled Orville's name; the time of the longest flight was actually fifty-nine seconds and not the reported fifty-seven seconds noted here.

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176 C KA CS 33 Paid.

Kitty Hawk N C Dec 17

Bishop M Wright

7 Hawthorne St

Via Norfolk Va

Success four flights thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from Level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 seconds inform Press home Christmas. Orevelle Wright 525P

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Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Wright, Orville. "Letter from Orville Wright to His Father, December 17, 1903." Gale U.S. History Online Collection, Gale, 2015. Gale In Context: U.S. History, https%3A%2F%2Flink.gale.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FPFKFNM233951482%2FUHIC%3Fu%3Dazpcld%26sid%3DUHIC%26xid%3D9244b0f3. Accessed 18 Aug. 2019.

Gale Document Number: GALE|PFKFNM233951482