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The Collection: Stories: Atlantic City

The Wright exhibition team, represented by Frank Coffyn and Walter Brookins, performed with the Curtiss team at Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 8-13, 1910. Brookins, specified by the contract as the only Wright pilot at the exhibition, is featured in many of the images. Probably the most daring and skilled of the Wright pilots, there are several dramatic images of him in flight. Coffyn is shown assisting Brookins in the preparation of the Wright airplane for flight, as well as playing with his son Kingsland on the beach. There are several pictures of local dignitaries and other aviators, including Glenn Curtiss, Charles Hamilton, and Augustus Post.

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Frank Coffyn inside the boardwalk airplane shed, Atlantic City.
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Frank Coffyn (left) and Walter Brookins (right) with Roy Knabenshue(center) outside boardwalk shed for Wright transitional aircraft.
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Frank Coffyn (2nd from left), Roy Knabenshue (3rd from left), and Walter Brookins with unidentified men in front of Wright transitional aircraft in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins and Frank Coffyn in discussion, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Wright transitional at base of ramp, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins (right) and Frank Coffyn (left) with unidentifed man and Wright transitional machine, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Left to right: Frank Coffyn, Walter Brookins, an unidentified man, and Roy Knabenshue with a Wright transitional aircraft, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Frank Coffyn and Walter Brookins setting Wright transitional aircraft on launching rail, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins setting up Wright transitional aircraft for flight, possibly adjusting the balance of the machine on the launching dolley.
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Wright transitional aircraft being prepared for flight on the beach at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins (left) and Frank Coffyn prior to takeoff on the beach, Atlantic City.
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Walter Brookins and Frank Coffyn prior to takeoff in Wright transitional aircraft in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Postcard of Walter Brookins flying over the surf in New Jersey, with Frank Coffyn as passenger.
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Frank Coffyn on the beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Kingsland Coffyn playing in the sand, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Kingsland Coffyn on the beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Frank and Kingsland Coffyn playing on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Frank and Kingsland Coffyn playing in the sand, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Kingsland Coffyn playing in the sand, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Kingsland Coffyn lying in the sand in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Group photograph with Glenn Curtiss (center, right), Charles Hamilton (4th from right), Augustus Post (far right), and others in Atlantic CIty, New Jersey.
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Group of women, Atlantic City, New Jersey, possibly including Mrs. Frank Coffyn.
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Note from Mrs. Coffyn to an unknown recipient, possibly written while accompanying Frank Coffyn at Atlantic City.
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Walter Brookins (3rd from left), Roy Knabenshue (4th from left), and Glenn Curtiss (wearing inner tube life preserver) with unidentified men at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins (3rd from left), Roy Knabenshue(4th from left), and Glenn Curtiss (2nd from right)  with unidentified men at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins (3rd from right), Glenn Curtiss(4th from left) Frank Coffyn (5th from left), Augustus Post (6th from left) with unidentified men at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Group of men, including Frank Coffyn (right), behind a Wright aircraft in the boardwalk airplane shed at Atlantic City.
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Walter Brookins taking off from the beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins diving toward the surf in a Wright transitional aircraft, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins flying low toward boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins buzzing the beach in a Wright transitional aircraft, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins in flight over Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Walter Brookins descending without power after altitude record flight; Glenn Curtiss in flight behind him.
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"The Big Wright Machine The Record Breaker for Altitude, Atlantic City."
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  1. Frank Coffyn inside the boardwalk airplane shed, Atlantic City.
  2. Frank Coffyn (left) and Walter Brookins (right) with Roy Knabenshue(center) outside boardwalk shed for Wright transitional aircraft.
  3. Frank Coffyn (2nd from left), Roy Knabenshue (3rd from left), and Walter Brookins with unidentified men in front of Wright transitional aircraft in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  4. Walter Brookins and Frank Coffyn in discussion, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  5. Wright transitional at base of ramp, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  6. Walter Brookins (right) and Frank Coffyn (left) with unidentifed man and Wright transitional machine, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  7. Left to right: Frank Coffyn, Walter Brookins, an unidentified man, and Roy Knabenshue with a Wright transitional aircraft, Atlantic City, New Jersey
  8. Frank Coffyn and Walter Brookins setting Wright transitional aircraft on launching rail, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  9. Walter Brookins setting up Wright transitional aircraft for flight, possibly adjusting the balance of the machine on the launching dolley.
  10. Wright transitional aircraft being prepared for flight on the beach at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  11. Walter Brookins (left) and Frank Coffyn prior to takeoff on the beach, Atlantic City.
  12. Walter Brookins and Frank Coffyn prior to takeoff in Wright transitional aircraft in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  13. Postcard of Walter Brookins flying over the surf in New Jersey, with Frank Coffyn as passenger.
  14. Frank Coffyn on the beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  15. Kingsland Coffyn playing in the sand, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  16. Kingsland Coffyn on the beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  17. Frank and Kingsland Coffyn playing on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  18. Frank and Kingsland Coffyn playing in the sand, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  19. Kingsland Coffyn playing in the sand, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  20. Kingsland Coffyn lying in the sand in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  21. Group photograph with Glenn Curtiss (center, right), Charles Hamilton (4th from right), Augustus Post (far right), and others in Atlantic CIty, New Jersey.
  22. Group of women, Atlantic City, New Jersey, possibly including Mrs. Frank Coffyn.
  23. Note from Mrs. Coffyn to an unknown recipient, possibly written while accompanying Frank Coffyn at Atlantic City.
  24. Walter Brookins (3rd from left), Roy Knabenshue (4th from left), and Glenn Curtiss (wearing inner tube life preserver) with unidentified men at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  25. Walter Brookins (3rd from left), Roy Knabenshue(4th from left), and Glenn Curtiss (2nd from right) with unidentified men at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  26. Walter Brookins (3rd from right), Glenn Curtiss(4th from left) Frank Coffyn (5th from left), Augustus Post (6th from left) with unidentified men at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  27. Group of men, including Frank Coffyn (right), behind a Wright aircraft in the boardwalk airplane shed at Atlantic City.
  28. Walter Brookins taking off from the beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  29. Walter Brookins diving toward the surf in a Wright transitional aircraft, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  30. Walter Brookins flying low toward boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  31. Walter Brookins buzzing the beach in a Wright transitional aircraft, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  32. Walter Brookins in flight over Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  33. Walter Brookins descending without power after altitude record flight; Glenn Curtiss in flight behind him.
  34. "The Big Wright Machine The Record Breaker for Altitude, Atlantic City."

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