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Musical Airs

Songs inspired by the early age of flight.

Wright Brothers

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(Smithsonian Institution Libraries)

On August 8, 1908, Wilbur Wright made a controlled circular flight of one minute, 45 seconds before an enthusiastic group at the Hunaudières racetrack near Le Mans, France. The next day, it was reported, “Hundreds of people have turned up in the hope of a repeat of yesterday’s performance. They will be disappointed: Wilbur is a devout Christian and never flies on the Sabbath.” Just a few months later, on December 18, Wilbur would win the Michelin trophy (and its 20,000-franc prize) after staying airborne for one hour, 54 minutes, and 53 seconds:

It’s Wilbur and Orville Wright
Who has shown the world their flight
In their aeroplane which made their fame
And gave the boys a name
Now Dayton she was slow,
But the whistles they did blow,
When the boys returned from foreign lands with honors of their fame. It’s
Wright boys all right, who won the flight came the right
It’s Wilbur and Orville Wright, it’s Wilbur and Orville Wright

Now we hope that Uncle Sam will treat the Wright boys fair
That he will lend a helping hand to the conquerors of the air
They soon will make the test
To prove to all the land that they are worthy of the best
That to the Wrights can come,
It’s Wright boys all right, who won the flight gained the right,
It’s Wilbur and Orville Wright, it’s Wilbur and Orville Wright


In 2003, the National Air and Space Museum recorded several of the songs in the Bella C. Landauer Aviation Sheet Music Collection for the exhibition "The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age." Click here to hear "Song of the Wright Boys," and other musical selections.

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