The 4-square inch swatch of the original fuselage fabric included with this relic print was preserved when the Smithsonian restored the Vin Fiz before installing it in the permanent collection of the National Air and Space Museum where it can be seen today. Also included is a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Deputy-Director of the Smithsonian and 2 pages of colorful historical information on this aviation milestone along with aircraft specs. An extraordinary flight and an opportunity to own a piece of aviation history.
The following description of the Wright Vin Fiz appears on your relic print, just below the original fabric swatch.
The “Vin Fiz” made the first U.S transcontinental flight in 1911 taking off from Sheepshead Bay, Long Island, New York on September 17 and landing in Pasadena, California on November 5. Calbraith Perry Rogers covered the 6953 kilometers (4321 miles) in 82 hours and 2 minutes flying time at an average speed of 84 kilometers per hour (52 miles per hour) with seventy landings en route. The “Vin Fiz” is part of the collection of the National Air and Space Museum.