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Orville Wright, [Diary Entry], October 1911

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[23 October 1911, Monday - Orville Wright Diary, Kill Devil Hills, NC]

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Light drizzle. First flight, wires of vert. rudder crossed. In second

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flight, turned over backward when Ogilvie & Lorin let go. Cause of accident due to difference in velocity of wind on surface and 6 feet above. Broke vertical & horizontal rudders.

Weather Data for 23 October 1911

[24 October 1911, Tuesday - Orville Wright Diary, Kill Devil Hills, NC]

Sunshine. Wind 20-25 [miles per hour] on ground. Wind at top [of] hill as high as 40 miles at 6 ft., 50 miles [at] 12 ft. [...]

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[...] Made about 20 glides ranging from one [minute] to 9 min. 45 sec. [Two glides of] 7 15 [and] 5 29 more than 50 ft. above top hill. Measured a space of about 40 yards over which machine seemed to glide without any loss of speed at angle 6. Hung 8 lbs. sand 7 ft. out.

Weather Data for 24 October 1911

[25 October 1911, Wednesday - Orville Wright Diary, Kill Devil Hills, NC]

Wind about 15-18 miles. Glides on West & Kill Devil [Hills]. 12 lbs sand 8 ft. out. [31 glides of up to 59 seconds listed]

Weather Data for 25 October 1911

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Citation: Diary entry, October 1911. Diary of Edward Huffaker, Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.
Location: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

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