Wright Flyer in A&I

ID: 2003-19574

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Transparencies

Date: 1950s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder: 40

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The original Wright Brothers Flyer from 1903 suspended in the North Hall of the Arts and Industries Building above the Military History Exhibition. Visitors pass through the exhibit with one young boy looking up at the airplane. The wheels of the Spirit of St. Louis can be seen behind the Wright Flyer and the Statue of Freedom can be seen in the Rotunda.


  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Statue of Freedom (Statue)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Through the cooperation of the Architect of the Capitol, Hon. Edward Clark, the original full-size plaster model of the "Statue of Freedom" by sculptor Thomas Crawford which sits atop the dome of the United States Capitol Building was transferred from the basement of the Capitol to the United States National Museum building, now the Arts and Industries Building, and was installed in the Rotunda on December 15, 1890.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder: 40

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Military History Exhibition
  • Airplanes
  • North Hall
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Wright Flyer (Airplane)
  • Arts and Industries Building--North Hall
  • Museum visitors


  • Transparencies
  • Exhibit

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Physical description

Color: Color; Size: 4 3/4w x 3 3/4h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Transparency

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