#TBT: Orville's flying toy

Although well known for inventing the airplane with his brother, Wilbur, Orville Wright also had a lighter side. Nearly twenty years after the historic event at Kitty Hawk, NC, Wright would file an application at the U.S. Patent office for another type of flying machine.

The toy was made to project a doll into the air, where it would then somersault once, before landing a distance away onto a swinging trapeze bar!

Orville was granted patent #1,523,989 on January 20, 1925. The  flying toy was manufactured by the Miami Wood Specialty Company in Dayton, Ohio. Although it didn’t prove as successful as Orville and Wilbur’s full-size machine, it went on to become a favorite toy of many children.

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