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Wright Brothers, 1907

Orville Wright prepares to take-off in the 1908 Flyer with Maj. George O. Squier as passenger, Sept. 12, 1908. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Orville Wright prepares to take-off in the 1908 Flyer with Maj. George O. Squier as passenger, Sept. 12, 1908. (U.S. Air Force photo)

President Theodore Roosevelt heard of the Wrights and their flying machine and directed the U.S. Army to investigate their claims of having flown. This interest led to meetings with the Wrights, and on Dec. 23, 1907, Specification No. 486 was issued for a "Heavier-than-air Flying Machine." On Feb. 10, 1908, the Signal Corps and the Wrights signed their contract.

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