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Wright Brothers Receive Langley Medal, by Unknown, 1910, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 82-3350.

February 10, 1909

The Board of Regents awards the first Langley Medal to Wilbur and Orville Wright for their successful investigations and demonstrations of the practicability of mechanical flight by man, and it is formally presented to them on February 10, 1910.More

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