A MONTH IN THE LIFE OF THE WRIGHTS: FEBRUARY 1909
Posted on 22 May 2020
In 1909 the Wright brothers demonstrated a new airplane (Model A) and the U.S. Army bought its first aircraft (Military Flyer) from the brothers. The Wrights began to manufacture airplanes and teach pilots. Also, Leo Baekeland developed "Bakelight," the first widely-used plastic, Ernest Rutherford formulated the structure of the atom, and Richard Peary reached the north pole. Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a Bleriot XI.
Wilbur and Orville's sister, Katharine Wright, was a passenger for first time in flight with Wilbur lasting seven minutes and four seconds. Her skirt being tied down while in flight became a fashion craze.
Wright brothers signed a contract for demonstration flights in Germany with August Scherl, owner of the Lokal-Anzeiger, a leading newspaper in Berlin. The Wrights later demonstrated their flying machine for German royalty with Crown Princess Cecilie and Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm at Tempelhof Field.
King Alfonso XIII of Spain arrives in Pau, France and went to the flying field, and was introduced to the Wrights. Two early morning flights by Wilbur Wright were made in his presence. Wilbur explained plane operation in great detail to the king. Wilbur, Orville, Hart O. Berg, and Mayor Alfred de Lassence of Pau had breakfast together with King Alfonso.