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    WORLD’S FIRST PUBLIC PASSENGER FLIGHT (Commonwealth of Virginia marker) Map

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    Route 50 and Pershing Drive at Fort Myer

    On September 9, 1908, near this site, Orville Wright carried aloft in public his first passenger, Lt. Frank P. Lahm, for a flight lasting 6 minutes and 24 seconds. Three days later, he took Major George O. Squier on a flight of 9 minutes and 6 seconds duration. From this primitive beginning has evolved an air transportation system that today spans the globe.

    FIRST HEAVIER-THAN-AIR FLIGHT IN VIRGINIA (Commonwealth of Virginia marker) Map

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    Route 50, at entrance to Fort Myer

    The first heavier-than-air flight in Virginia was made by Orville Wright at Fort Myers [sic.] on 4 September 1908. A United States Signal Corps log noted the flight spanned three miles at a height of 40 feet. The engine's condition following the flight of four minutes and fifiteen seconds was described as "good." The engine ran a total of six minutes.

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