Langley Medal Awarded to the Wright Brothers

ID: A23967

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: circa 1909

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 66, Folder: 7

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The first Samuel P. Langley Medals for Aerodromics were awarded to Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1909. One of these medals is pictured here with both the front and back of the medal shown. The Langley Medal is in honor of Secretary Langley, third Secretary of the Smithsonian (1887-1906), and pioneer in the field of aerial navigation.


  • Wright, Orville 1871-1948
  • Wright, Wilbur 1867-1912
  • Samuel P. Langley Gold Medal for Aerodromics


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For more information see the OSIA Research file under "SI Awards and Medals"

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 66, Folder: 7

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


circa 1909

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  • Awards
  • Aeronautics
  • Rewards (Prizes, etc.)
  • Astronautics
  • Medals
  • Aeronautics--Awards


  • Photographic print
  • Object

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Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print

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