Today, the statue of Liberty is 125 years old. Above, from the Smithsonian Institution archives, a Harpers Magazine cover: Wilbur Wright flying his Wright Flyer around her in 1909.
Sarah Taylor Sulick of the Smithsonian Institution tells Boing Boing,
This was one of the earliest public demonstrations of powered flight, an iconic moment in front of an iconic monument and witnessed by more than 1 million New Yorkers. Our Air and Space Museum’s blog is also honoring Lady Liberty by featuring a round up of photos of other cool things flying around her—everything from a Bleriot XI monoplane to one of the first hang gliders to a group of F-16 Falcons.