ORVILLE WRIGHTS FIRST VIRGINIA FLIGHT Orville Wright Made His First Heavier Than ...
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Description: ORVILLE WRIGHTS FIRST VIRGINIA FLIGHT Orville Wright made his first heavier than air flight in Virginia at Fort Myer for the U . S . Army on 3 Sept . 1908 . He flew the plane slightly more than a minute , reaching a speed of 40 miles per hour . During the next two weeks here , Wright broke world records for speed and time spent in the air for a heavier than air craft . On 17 Sept . 1908 , however the plane crashed , killing Lt . Thomas Selfridge and injuring Wright . In 1909 the Wright brothers returned to Fort Myer . After additional flight tests , the Army bought their plane for $25 , 000 on 31 July 1909 for its first military aircraft . Department of Historic Resources , 2000