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The Wright Company or Wright & Co. was the initial aviation business of the Wright Brothers, who had previously run a bicycle shop.

They established the company in 1909 to sell aircraft to the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

The Wright Brothers concentrated their efforts on protecting their patent rights rather than on improving their aircraft. Wilbur Wright died in 1912, and on October 15 1915 Orville Wright sold the company, which later merged with the Glenn L. Martin Company to form Wright-Martin.

Many of the papers of the original Wright Company are now in the collection of the Seattle Museum of Flightmarker.

Wright aircraft

The following is a complete list of aircraft built under the Wright name, from the earliest test craft to the last products of the company before it merged with Martin. Note that only the later aircraft were built by the Wright Company itself.

Early test gliders

Early powered aircraft

Wright Company aircraft

(Source: "The Wright Fleet," Air&Space/Smithsonian, February/March, 2003.)

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