Orville Wright character jug modeled by David B. Biggs and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 2003 limited edition of 1,000. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Orville Wright (1871-1948), together with his brother, Wilbur, is credited with making the first controlled, sustained flights in a power-driven airplane on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Both excellent mechanics, the Wrights used the facilities of the bicycle repair shop and factory in Dayton for the construction of their early aircraft. By experimenting with gliders, they made important improvements in aircraft design. Orville designed an engine which they constructed and attached to their improved glider. At Kitty Hawk, Orville made the first flight, lasting twelve seconds. Record-breaking flights in 1908 by Orville in the United States and by Wilbur in France brought them worldwide fame. In 1909 the U.S. government accepted the Wright machine for army use. After Wilbur's death in 1912, Orville worked on alone, receiving the first Guggenheim Medal for contribution to aeronautics in 1929. The original plane resides in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Basic principles of that machine are used in every airplane that flies. A cameo of Wilbur Wright, Flyer No. 1 and inscription form the handle of this jug.
Pair with Wilbur Wright