This Day in 1913: Aero Club of America recognized 10th Anniversary of Flight

On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made their famous flight at at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (view photos on CORE Scholar). That was 110 years ago today.

Now we’d like to share with you some details from the 10th anniversary of that famous flight (i.e., 100 years ago today).

Milton Wright, father of the Wright Brothers, wrote in his diary on December 17, 1913:

…The supper at Aero Club is in New York this evening. Orville is there. It is the tenth anniversary of their first flight’s [sic] at Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Indeed, Orville attended a dinner at the Aero Club of America on December 17, 1913. And on that day, the Club made a resolution in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Wrights’ first successful flight.

The text of the resolution is as follows:

Mr. Orville Wright, Greetings:–

Whereas, the seventeenth of December, Nineteen-hundred and thirteen, marks the tenth anniversary of the first human flight in a power-driven, heavier-than-air-machine; and

Whereas, the world owes this historic achievement to the genius, the indefatigable industry, and the courage of Wilbur and Orville Wright

And Whereas, in the decade which has just closed, the science and the art of flying have made strides which have resulted in accomplishments destined to be of the utmost value in furthering human convenience; and

Whereas, it is but proper and fitting that due acknowledgement should be made at this time of the indebtedness of mankind to the Wright Brothers, whose efforts have realized flight; be it therefore

Resolved, that to Orville Wright there shall be extended the congratulations of the Aero Club of America, together with an expression of its profound regret that his illustrious brother Wilbur Wright should not have been spared to share with him the deep gratification with which he must view the achievements which in the compass of so short a time, have grown out of their joint labors.

[signed] Alan R. Hawley, President

This original, multi-page booklet can be found in the Wright Brothers Collection, MS-1, Box 44, Folder 18. It is written in a beautiful calligraphic script. Here is an image of one of the pages, just to whet your curiosity:


A page from the Aero Club of America’s resolution on 10th Anniversary of Flight, Dec. 17, 1913

If you would like to view the original sometime, please visit us on the fourth floor of the Dunbar Library anytime during our open hours and ask for MS-1, Box 44, Folder 18.

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