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100 Years of Military Aviation…

On Saturday, 6 SEP 2007, there will be a milestone recognized commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the first flights on a military installation that had also a bittersweet tone to it, since during the last day of flight trials marked the also first military aviation fatality.

It was on Fort Meyer, VA in September of 1908, Orville Wright had brought one of his aeroplanes with intent of selling them to the US military. The flight trials began on 3 SEP and lasted until 17 SEP 1908 The flight ended in a crash from an altitude of 75 feet when the propeller shattered. Orville Wright was seriously injured, but 1st Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge was killed marking the first military aviation fatality. (LT Selfridge is buried in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 3)

There is a gate on Ft Myer named in honor of the Wright Brothers contribution to the advancement of the US ARMY.

More information about the celebration of this historic milestone in aviation history can be found at Centennial of Military Aviation

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