Wright Brothers’ Historic Flying Demonstration at Fort Myers Through the Lens of Lewis Reed

This special post doesn’t have anything to do with Reed Brothers Dodge, but it does have a lot to do with it’s founder, Lewis Reed.

On this day in September 17,1908, the first military airplane in the world, built by the Wright brothers for the Army Signal Corps, made its first flight at Fort Myer, Virginia. Less than a thousand people witnessed the first flight at Fort Myer, because the general public was still doubtful that powered flight had been achieved. But Lewis Reed was there… and to commemorate that milestone, I have posted five original snippets of history that Lewis Reed captured through the lens of his camera that day.

Wright Bros at Fort Myer, VA

Wright Brothers airplane in its hangar at Fort Myer, Virginia. Photo by Lewis Reed

Curtiss Model D with tricycle undercarriage

Curtiss Model D with tricycle undercarriage. Photo by Lewis Reed

Wright Bros Curtiss Model D

Curtiss Model D. Photo by Lewis Reed

Wright Model B plane with skids

Wright Model B with skids. Photo by Lewis Reed

Bleriot XI monoplane

Another early aircraft from 1909 was the Bleriot XI monoplane. Photo by Lewis Reed

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006.

One response to “Wright Brothers’ Historic Flying Demonstration at Fort Myers Through the Lens of Lewis Reed”

  1. bruce reed says :

    Just plain AWESOME!

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