Winter 2017 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/3/2017
Pioneer aviator, first to pilot motor-powered heavier-than-air craft. Historic four-page DS "Orville Wright" 8x13, 1928 deed of gift for the L. S. Thompson Speed Trophy to "further the progress of the science of aviation...said trophy...shall, from time to time, be awarded as herein provided for breaking the World’s maximum speedy record for aeroplanes", important document in aviation history signed by Orville Wright & approximately thirty early aviation notables. Of historical note, on the 25th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ flight, Orville encouraged future aviation innovation by chairing the contest committee of the Thompson Trophy, named after Lewis S. Thompson, a wealthy backer, the Thompson Trophy became one of the most coveted aviation awards during the heyday of airplane racing in the 1930s, over the thirty-year history of the storied competition, many famous aviators & planes competed for the prize, with the winning speeds starting at 201 mph in 1930 & ending at 1,302 mph in 1961
ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1948) DOCUMENT SIGNED--HISTORIC L.S. THOMPSON SPEED TROPHY DEED
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