Wilbur Wright character jug modeled by David B. Biggs and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 2003 limited edition of 1,000. Wilbur Wright (1867-1912), together with his brother, Orville, 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 which they operated in Dayton, Ohio for the construction of their early aircraft. By experimenting with gliders, they made important improvements in aircraft design. Of the first four flights at Kitty Hawk, Wilbur's was the longest, covering 852 feet in fifty-nine 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. Three years later, just as the airplane was beginning to make great advances, Wilbur died of typhoid fever. 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 Orville Wright and a Wright engine form the handle of this jug.
Pair with Orville Wright