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Orville Wright: The Art and Science of Aviation, 1914

The Brothers' Legacy

Orville's father Milton died in 1917, and in 1926, Katherine—much to Orville's dismay—married and moved to Kansas City. Orville was persuaded to reconcile with Katherine just before her death in 1929.

Orville continued in public life, promoting aeronautic development and invention and protecting the Wright Brothers' legacy. This included an ongoing argument with the Smithsonian Institute which had clearly discounted the Wrights' original contribution to airplane development, prompting Orville to donate the 1903 Wright Flyer to the Science Museum in London. Only in 1948, after the Smithsonian conceded the Wrights' precedence, was the airplane returned for display in the United States.

Orville Wright died of a heart attack in Dayton, Ohio, on January 30, 1948, at the age of 76.