1903. Photograph by John T Daniels. “Photograph shows the first powered, controlled, sustained flight. Orville Wright at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright running alongside to balance the machine, has just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other items needed for flight preparation are visible behind the machine. (Orville Wright preset the camera and had John T. Daniels squeeze the rubber bulb, tripping the shutter.)”
From the Library of Congress.
1927. Unknown Photographer. “Airmail planes in front of a hangar on the Omaha, Nebraska, airmail field.”
From the Smithsonian
1915-1920. Photograph by the Bain News Service. “French officers, Mineola.” Photograph shows officers with french insignia by a vintage biplane.
1945. Photograph by Toni Frissell. “Col. Benjamin O. Davis, air base at Rametti, Italy.” This vintage photograph shows the Colonel of the Tuskegee Airmen, Captain Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.