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The Collection: Photographers: Unknown photographer

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Frank Coffyn (right) and Duval La Chapelle posing in a Wright aircraft in front of tents.Frank Coffyn (right) and military passenger posing in a Model B.Kingsland Coffyn (right) and an unknown child posing in a Wright aircraft.
Mrs. Frank Coffyn (left) and an unidentified woman posing in an early Wright Model B at an air meet.Frank Coffyn and Walter Brookins at an air meet with a Wright transitional aircraft. Brookins appears to be distracted by the photographer while attending to the engine.Orville Wright (third from left) and the original exhibition team at Simms Station, Ohio.
Mrs. Frank Coffyn (left) and an unidentified woman posing in an early Wright Model B at an air meet.Group of men, including Frank Coffyn (right), behind a Wright aircraft in the boardwalk airplane shed at Atlantic City.Frank Coffyn (left) and Walter Brookins (right) with Roy Knabenshue(center) outside boardwalk shed for Wright transitional aircraft.
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For most of the images in the collection, the photographer is unknown. The Wright team attracted a great number of photographers eager to fill newspapers and magazines with pictures of the brand new aeroplane. Although the pilots obliged their many requests, on one occasion a group of photographers ran out in front of Walter Brookins' plane as he was beginning to land. Brookins had no choice but to immediately nose his airplane into the ground to avoid hitting them.

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