Keeping Aviation History Alive

America’s first pilots took to the air in fragile aircraft made of wood, wire and fabric. In those early days of flight, linen or muslin was used to cover the wings of aircraft. The original wing fabric from 7 famous Smithsonian aircraft is now available here.

Scroll down to see the fabric swatches and 7 relic prints – or continue reading.

We are keeping aviation history alive by offering 4-square-inch swatches of the original fabric from aircraft now in the permanent collection of the National Air and Space Museum. The fabric was preserved during restorations by the Smithsonian and is included with each of our 7 museum-quality relic prints. Each swatch is authenticated with a certificate signed by an officer of the National Air and Space Museum.

One of the 15″ x 20″ prints depicts a Wright brother’s biplane – the 1911 Wright Vin Fiz – famous as the first to fly coast-to-coast with 70 landings and 12 crashes en route from New York to California. Another relic print pictures the Curtiss NC-4 – a U.S. Navy seaplane that made the first Atlantic crossing in 1919. The 100th anniversary of the flight is being celebrated this year. Read the amazing stories of these 7 historic “aeroplanes” and the remarkable men who flew them.

We invite you to step back in time and own a piece of American aviation history – instead of looking at it from behind a velvet rope in a museum.

Proceeds from this website are funding Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited –a weekend aviation camp for at-risk kids.

We will ship directly to anyone on your gift list and include a note from you.


  • Wright Vin Fiz

    First coast-to-coast flight - 1911 • 70 landings and 12 crashes • Flight sponsored by Vin Fiz grape soda • Pilot: Cal Rodgers

  • Fokker T-2

    First non-stop, coast-to-coast flight - 1923 • 26 hours, 50 minutes • U.S. Army Air Service • Crew: Lieutenants Kelly and Macready

  • Douglas World Cruiser

    First around-the world flight - 1924 • 175 days, 72 stops, 28 countries • U.S. Army Air Service • Crew: Lieutenants Smith and Arnold

  • Curtiss NC-4

    First trans-Atlantic flight - 1919 • U.S. Navy flying boat • Crew: 5 U.S. Navy and 1 U.S. Coast Guard • One hundredth anniversary - May 27, 2019

  • De Havilland DH-4

    WWI bomber • Built in Dayton, Ohio - 1917 • Orville Wright pictured on the left in print's archival image


    WWI German fighter • Built in Berlin, Germany - 1918 • "Red Baron" scored most of his 80 victories in an Albatros

  • Bleriot XI

    Classic monoplane - 1914 • Built in Levallois, France • Barnstormed across the United States