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some of us, it's not enough to study history. Some would rather get
hands on with their historic subjects and actually share in the
adventure. As you can guess from all the flying replicas we show in
our virtual exhibits, the Wright Brothers Aeroplane
Company understands those kinds of people.
And so we built this Adventure Wing for those of you have the
gumption to roll up you sleeves and make a little history.
Here we show you how to build flying machines from the earliest days of
aviation. So far, Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company staff and volunteers have researched and built
replicas of all Wright aircraft, from the rubber-band powered models
they made when they were kids to the first powered airplane to make a
sustained and controlled flight. Along the way, we've also built the
equipment needed to repeat the important experiments that the Wright
brothers conducted while they were inventing the airplane. Whether you
want to build a model, a full-size replica, recreate a Wright
experiment, or just want to know what it takes to put together one of
these old crates, the information here should interest you.
Nick Wall, a junior at Carroll High School in Dayton, OH explains
his 1/3 scale 1903 Wright Flyer hanging above him. We taught him to
make a single wing rib; then he taught himself how to build the
Return to Kitty Hawk
To help celebrate the Centennial of Flight in 2003, we built all the
experimental gliders and Flyer the Wright brothers built between
1899 and 1905, then tested them. This was an
expedition in "experimental archaeology" to investigation the
very beginnings of the aerospace industry. And it's still going on. We
still build Wright aircraft and return to Kitty Hawk to test fly them,
or test them near Dayton, Ohio .
These are the results of our experiences with Wright aircraft.
- Flying the 1899 Wright Kite
- Flying the 1900 Wright Glider
- Flying the 1901 Wright Glider
- Flying the 1902 Wright Glider
- Flying the 1903 Wright Flyer
- Flying the 1905 Wright Flyer
Cpt. Tanya Markow, an Apache pilot for the US Army and Glider/Flyer
pilot for the WBAC, explains to National Public Radio's Noah Adams
how to control the 1902 Wright Glider during test flights at
Jockey's Ridge State Park, NC.
Hangar is where we keep the
airplanes that our members have built. We've taken
lots of photos of each aircraft from every conceivable angle, zooming in
on the interesting details, so you can do a virtual
"walk-around." We also show shots of our test
Ever wonder what the cockpit of a Wright Flyer looks like up close?
Here's your chance to find out – this is where the pilot lays on our
1905 Wright Flyer III replica.
You can explore other pioneer aviation museums and historic sites by
taking our virtual tours. Picture by picture, we take you through each
site as if you were on a walking tour. In some instances we even show you a few things
that are not ordinarily available to the public.
The Wright factory buildings as they appeared in 1910 (top) and
today (bottom). They are now part of a recently-closed plant that
once supplied auto parts to GM.