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Here’s a photo of a couple of famous flyers, taken at Wright Field in 1942.

The man on the left, wearing his trademark fedora, is Igor Sikorsky. He’s standing in front of his Sikorsky XR-4, the prototype of the world’s first mass produced helicopter. And the gentleman on the right? That’s none other than Orville Wright. Though Orville didn’t pilot a plane again after 1918, he served on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor to NASA, for 28 years, and was still alive when Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. Orville died in 1948 (his brother Wilbur had died of typhoid fever in 1912), and he took his final flight aboard a Lockheed Constellation piloted by two other famous flyers, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes and TWA president Jack Frye. During the flight, Wright commented that the wingspan of the Connie was longer than his first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903.


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