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Detail of the award by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force containing a swatch of fabric from the original 1903 Wright Kitty Hawk Flyer.

It reads


With sincere appreciation to

McDonnell Douglas Foundation

Whose generous support and dedicated efforts
made possible the expansion
of the world's largest and oldest
military aviation museum,
the United States Air Force Museum,
Dayton, Ohio.
1985

The Wright family hereby authenticates the fabric affixed hereto
as a historic artifact from the lower right wing
of the original 1903 Wright Kitty Hawk Flyer.

Milton Wright     John H. Jameson     Ivonette Wright Miller     Horace A. Wright     G. Wilkenson Wright
(grand nephew)     (heir—husband of the
late Leontine Wright, a niece)
    (niece)     (nephew)     (grand nephew)

On December 17th, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright of Dayton, Ohio
achieved success in man's eternal quest to fly
when they completed the world's first
sustained, powered, controlled heavier-than-air-flight
in their fragile Kitty Hawk Flyer.
This epoch event altered for all time
man's limitation of time and distance...
it was a historic initial step beyond the earth's surface
that ultimately led to the moon and beyond.

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Wright Flyer swatch in James S. McDonnell Prologue Room lobby
Time picture taken Tue Aug 22 09:25:06 2017
Location picture taken Lobby
Boeing Building 100
St. Louis, MO
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