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  PBS - Chasing the Sun - Wright Flyer
Atop the wind swept dunes of North Carolina, it was with their gliders that the Wright Brothers first learned to master the control of pitch and yaw by horizontal and vertical rudders.
Orville Wright demonstrates the Wright Flyer for the U.S. Army in 1908 at Fort Myer, Virginia.
The shape of the Wright Flyer's propellers were therefore modeled after the shape of their wings.
www.pbs.org /kcet/chasingthesun/planes/wrightfly.html   (569 words)

 #224 Wright Flyer III (1905) - Landmarks
Like their two previous airplanes, Wright Flyer III was a biplane with a dual canard elevator, dual pusher propellers, and a dual vertical tail.
Wright eventually recommended that Wright Flyer III be rebuilt for the exhibit and in spring 1947 oversaw every detail, for authenticity.
In 1990, the 1905 Wright Flyer III was designated a National Historic Landmark, the first airplane in the United States to receive such a designation.
www.asme.org /Communities/History/Landmarks/Wright_Flyer_III_1905.cfm   (1131 words)

 Wright Model B Flyer @ The Franklin Institute
In March of 2001 (left), the 1911 Wright Model B was carefully removed from The Franklin Institute's Aviation Hall to be restored.
The Wright Model B was the first plane manufactured in quantity by the Wright Brothers.
The Wright Brothers enforced a strict policy for those interested in acquiring one of their flying machines; in order to buy a plane from them, you had to first take flying lessons at their factory in Ohio.
www.fi.edu /wright/1911   (710 words)

 History of the 1903 Wright Flyer at WSU Special Collections & Archives
The 1903 Wright Flyer was restored and reassembled in 1916.
Wilbur Wright died in 1912 of typhoid fever, and his family thought that his death was partly the result of exhaustion caused by the stress of working to defend the Wrights' patents.
Orville Wright had decided that the world's first airplane should be given to a British museum permanently, or at least until such time as he changed his mind.
www.libraries.wright.edu /special/1903/history.htm   (872 words)

 Wright Flyer
The Flyer was built during the summer of 1903 and departed by rail for Kitty Hawk in late September.
The Flyer was designed to take-off from a little trolley which ran along a 60 ft (18.3 m) long monorail assembled in sections, and a suitable stretch of level ground was selected for the launch site, facing into a steady 21 mph (34 km/h) wind.
Furthermore, the Wrights succeeded in their attempt through a thorough understanding of the problems involved, combined with well-judged technical solutions and, (as is now increasingly appreciated by the pilots of replica Flyers), a not inconsiderable skill in piloting.
www.aeroflight.co.uk /types/usa/wright/flyer/flyer.htm   (2994 words)

 1903 Wright Flyer - Milestones of Flight
ith Orville Wright as pilot, the airplane took off from a launching rail and flew for 12 seconds and a distance of 37 meters (120 feet).
he 1903 Wright Flyer was constructed of spruce and ash covered with muslin.
The Wright Brothers and The Invention of the Aerial Age exhibition.
www.nasm.si.edu /exhibitions/gal100/wright1903.html   (318 words)

 Parts of an Aircraft - Wright 1903 Flyer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
An aircraft must be controlled about three principal axes; an up and down movement of the nose, which is called pitch, a side to side movement of the nose, which is called yaw, and an up and down movement of the wing tips, which is called roll.
The Wright's used an all-moving elevator at the front of the aircraft to control pitch.
For the Wright brothers, this was a rather light, framed structure which did not require covering because of the low flight speed.
wright.nasa.gov /airplane/flyer.html   (461 words)

 Wright Brothers History: The Tale of the Airplane   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The positive slope of the Wright brothers indicates a steady progression in the ability of their heavier-than-air craft.
Once details of the Wrights methods became public when their patent was issued in late 1905, other inventors quickly copied the important discoveries of the Wright brothers, and developed airplanes as capable as those of the Wrights.
The Wrights first craft in 1900 was approximately equal to the best that had been done prior to that time.
www.wam.umd.edu /~stwright/WrBr/taleplane.html   (838 words)

 Skywrighter.com: News
The 1911 Wright B Flyer “look-alike” that was conceived and constructed here starting in the mid-1970s and had its first lift-off and flight at here in the 1980s will fly over the base again tomorrow as part of Air Power 2003.
Since then, the Wright B Flyer appeared at base annual county fairs and Americana festivals, as well as special events such as the rededication of Wright Field in 1984 and the 40th anniversary of the Air Force in 1987.
Wright B Flyer, Inc. is always looking for new volunteers who are welcome to come by the airport to apprentice.
www.skywrighter.com /news/2003/0509/3flyer.asp   (677 words)

 Wright B Flyer
The 1911 Wright B Flyer (Civilian) is an authentic replica of the Model B located at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
The aircraft was donated to the Franklin Institute in 1933 and restored to original condition by Orville Wright.
Tom and Nancy Valentine constructed the replica, which is now in the Wright "B" Flyer Hangar and Museum at the Dayton Wright Brothers Airport, 10550 Springboro Pike (Route 741) Miamisburg, Ohio 45342, (937) 885-2327.
www.wright-b-flyer.org /civilian.html   (270 words)

 Other Wright Brothers' Sites
The Wright Redux Association, based in Glen Ellyn, IL, is on a mission to reproduce the 1903 Wright Flyer.
The full-scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer suspended in the atrium of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library was conceived and built by a dedicated group of volunteer model makers, mechanics, engineers, woodworkers, and seamstresses under the leadership of Howard R. DuFour.
Althought the Wrights are now generally regarded as the first to produce a controllable heavier-than-air machine that sustained flight, during the early half of the 20th Century, the Smithsonian Institution claimed that the design produced by Samuel P. Langley, then the head of the Smithsonian, was "capable" of flight.
www.wrightflyer.org /Links   (3547 words)

 1903 Wright Flyer Project at WSU Special Collections & Archives
Wright State University is named for Wilbur and Orville Wright, printers and bicycle makers from Dayton, Ohio, whose curiosity about flight led to the research and development that culminated in the building of the 1903 Flyer.
The Wright 1903 Flyer Replica is dedicated to Wilkinson "Wick" Wright, great nephew of the Wright Brothers and generous friend and supporter of the Wright State University Libraries.
It is also a tribute to the volunteers who donated their skills and time to create the Flyer and encourage the spirit of invention in each of us.
www.libraries.wright.edu /special/1903   (144 words)

It was perfect weather to attempt the first powered airplane flight in history, and the Wright brothers raised a special flag signaling their intention to launch their aircraft that day.
The Wrights realized that other pioneers of flight had lacked an effective means of controlling direction in the air.
Today their plane is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution, a proud tribute to the Wright brothers, whose vision and genius led to the conquest of the skies.
www.allstar.fiu.edu /aero/WB_FLYER.htm   (487 words)

 Celebrating The Success Of The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Airplane
Wright Experience pilot, Terry Queijo, experienced a similar phenomenon on Nov. 25, 2003, when the Flyer was going faster than she expected on takeoff, and it stalled and crashed.
The crew of the Wright Experience have concluded that the cause of the crash was that the Flyer had was going too fast to take-off with control.
Hyde’s Flyer is the only machine of many that are flying in honor of the Centennial that closely conforms to the Wright’s original design.
www.wrightstories.com /kittyhawk2003.html   (5645 words)

 Tunnel Testing Of Duplicate Wright Flyer Begins
As he describes the Wright Flyer project and the University’s involvement in it, Robert Ash, Old Dominion professor of aerospace engineering and manager of the Flyer testing program, sits forward in an office chair with a smile on his face.
Because the Wrights always intended to profit from their work, protection of their inventions was paramount; the fewer specifics provided, at least in the early years, the better their chances of defending against the inevitable lawsuits they foresaw as others attempted to infringe upon what they had created.
Two Wright Flyer propellor tests are slated for the LFST, the first for a reproduction of the original propellor and the second for a later, improved version.
www.odu.edu /ao/instadv/quest/dupwrightflyer.html   (1300 words)

 Wright Flyers Academy, San Antonio, Texas - The Wright Flyer Newsletter
Wright Flyers is looking for one or two dedicated and responsible aviation enthusiasts, at least 18 years old, to monitor and refuel our aircraft.
Bill Otway, PhD, Wright Flyers' FAA designated Chief Flight Instructor, is one of less than 500 individuals in the nation to hold the title of NAFI Master Flight Instructor.
Wright Flyers is also San Antonio's favorite place to take a LaserGrade FAA exam.
www.wrightflyers.com /newsletter.htm   (2153 words)

 Wright flyer Flight Journal - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Learning more from the flights and design features of the 1904 Flyer, the Wrights were still not completely satisfied that they had all the features and performance they sought.
At a certain point, the posturing that any one of these "new" Wright aeroplanes is the "only" or the "most" exact representation of the craft that lifted off for the only four flights of its existence on December 17, 1903, becomes folly.
Consider that the Flyer was not that far removed from a large box kite in design, and imagine the results of such a frail craft rolled over in the wind.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3897/is_200212/ai_n9149840   (829 words)

 Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | NASA engineers test Wright stuff
In fact, we have at least one picture of Orville Wright taken in the very same tunnel where the Wright Flyer reproduction is being tested," he said.
The Wright Flyer replica, built with help from the Ford Motor Co. and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wis., will use two different motors during tests.
The Wright Experience and ODU have already built and tested 1901 and 1902 Wright glider reproductions along with a suite of Wright propellers in their quest to "reverse engineer" the 1903 Wright Flyer and other early Wright aircraft.
www.spaceflightnow.com /news/n0303/03wright   (753 words)

 Wright Flyer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the 1903 Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard.
With Orville Wright as pilot, the airplane took off from a launching rail and flew for 12 seconds and a distance of 37 meters (120 feet).
The Flyer, designed and built by the Wright brothers, was one step in a broad experimental program that began in 1899 with their first kite and concluded in 1905, when they built the first truly practical airplane.
www.herndonva.com /wright.htm   (278 words)

 NASA Begins Next Phase of Wright Flyer Testing
The NASA B-52 mothership carries the Wright Flyer replica for the first of several un-powered drop tests.
Subsequent to the wind tunnel tests and the discovery of new documents, NASA is rethinking the entire goal of the original Flyer project as conceived by the brothers in the early 1900s.
The Wright brothers flyer model being tested at mach 1.4 in a NASA wind tunnel.
www.wright-flyer.net /wrights.htm   (738 words)

 Wright B Flyer
The Wright "B" Flyer was constructed to honor the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers and promote Dayton, Ohio as the "Leader in Flight,".
It is brought to you by a large number of members/sponsors that assist in funding the operations and support, and volunteers who oversee the actual flying, operations, and maintenance.
In addition to the Wright "B" Flyer, there is an authentic replica of a Wright Model B Flyer, the civilian model, which was built by Tom and Nancy Valentine and delivered to the Wright "B" Flyer Organization on August 24, 2001.
www.wright-b-flyer.org   (886 words)

 Wright Flyer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Wright Flyer (often retrospectively referred to as Flyer I and occasionally Kitty Hawk) was the first powered aircraft designed and built by the Wright brothers.
While the 1903 Flyer was clearly an historically important test vehicle, its near-mythical status in the popular imagination has obscured its more important place as part of a continuing development program that eventually led to the Wrights' mastery of controlled flight in 1905.
A three-view of the Flyer, drawn by the Smithsonian Institution in 1950.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wright_Flyer   (1547 words)

 Wright Flyer III - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Wright Flyer III was the third powered aircraft built by the Wright Brothers.
Flyer III had a new airframe, but used the propulsion system from the Flyer II, and was essentially the same design and same performance as Flyers I and II.
The aircraft was restored from 1947 to 1950 with the assistance of Orville Wright, and it is now displayed in the Wright Brothers Aviation Center at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wright_Flyer_III   (471 words)

 The Wright Flyer III is Named a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by ASME - Press Releases
The Wright Flyer III, built by Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville (1871-1948) Wright, was the first airplane capable of sustained powered, maneuverable flight.
After being rebuilt and restored with assistance from Orville Wright, the Flyer III was unveiled to the public on June 3, 1950, and remains one of the most significant artifacts in aviation's 100-year history.
In 1990, the 1905 Wright Flyer III was designated a National Historic Landmark, the first and, to this day, only airplane in the United States to received such a designation.
www.asme.org /NewsPublicPolicy/PressReleases/Wright_Flyer_III_Named.cfm   (578 words)

Wright Flyer simulator users actually lie face down in the "cradle" just as Orville and Wilbur did on December 17, 1903.
To operate it, a person needs to lie face down in the cradle and manipulate the wing-warping and rudder controls with his or her hips, holding the throttle handle with the right hand and the elevator with the left.
The Wright brothers were very smart fellows who pioneered a lot of the techniques and control systems that are still in use today—airplanes are still basically following their model.
www.eaa.org /communications/eaanews/030117_simulator.html   (647 words)

 Wright Flyer Project: Achievements
It is for these reasons that we regard data, taken in full-scale wind tunnel tests of the 1903 Wright Flyer to be justified on historical grounds, commemorating a stunning accomplishment opening the 20th century.
In September of 1992, as the Wright Flyer was nearing completion, arrangements were made with NASA Ames Research Center at Moffet Field, Mt. View, California, to visit with the people who ran their wind tunnel for a test justification meeting.
The primary reason the Wright Flyer Project decided to donate their prize airplane to the FAA was "for the kids." The FAA Western-Pacific Region has a very active Aviation Education Program.
www.wrightflyer.org /Background/project.html   (2013 words)

 The First Military Flyer
The 1909 Wright Flyer was formally accepted on August 2, 1909, and was designated Signal Corps Airplane No. 1, becoming the world’s first military airplane.
The flights were quite short, although by October 21, the newspapers reported that Wright had taken Lieutenant Humphreys up for 27 minutes and Humphreys had handled the plane for most of the time.
By early 1911, the Flyer was in poor condition, having been wrecked and rebuilt by Foulois several times, and it was retired from further service.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/Wright_Bros/Military_Flyer/WR11.htm   (1513 words)

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