250 Glides In Two Days - Monday, November 3, 1902
The History: Now back home in Dayton, Wilbur wrote a letter to Octave Chanute about their final experiments with the 1902 glider. They had left Kitty Hawk at sunrise on Tuesday, October 28th. After some delays they arrived home at 3 P.M. on Friday, October 31st. They were not able to visit Washington, D.C. as they hoped.
He thanks Chanute for checking into extending their railroad ticket home. Even though they hoped they could stay longer and continue their testing they decided to return home to Dayton. Dan Tate, who was assisting them, had made arrangements to take charge of a fishing crew starting October 27th.
The Wrights were very pleased with their testing. They had improved all of their previous gliding records including time in the air, longest distance and shallowest angle of descent. Their longest glide was 622 1/2 feet and 26 seconds long. One glide of 156 feet had an angle of descent of only 5°.
Wilbur told Chanute that in their last ten days of gliding practice [basically, from the time Chanute and Herring left the camp] they accomplished more gliding than they had all the previous weeks at their camp. During a two-day period, the Wrights made approximately 250 glides, which lasted 7-16 seconds in winds from 9 - 16 3/4 meters/second. "This practice enabled us to very greatly increase our skill in the management of the machine."