1915. Item #41773
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year Ending June 30, 1914. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1915. 729p, cloth, illus., slight wear to edges, vg. See Brockett, p. 1474. This volume contains the beginnings of the Smithsonian-Orville Wright controversy. On p. 9 Smithsonian Secretary Charles D. Walcott wrote "The tests thus far made have shown that the late Secretary Langley had succeeded in building the first aeroplane capable of sustained free flight with a man." (See Crouch, "The Bishop's Boys," p. 485 for a full recital of the facts). This volume also contains "The First Man-Carrying Aeroplane.." by A.F. Zahm (p.217-222) and Orville Wright's "Stability of Aeroplanes," (P. 209-216).