1903

WRIGHT FLYER

STATISTICS

The Wright Flyer

Exterior Dimensions:

Wing Span 40 ft. 4 in.
Overall Length 21 ft. 1 in.
Wing Chord 6 ft. 6 in.
Height over Wings 8 ft. 1 in.
Height over sweep of props 9 ft. 4 in.
Wing Incidence 3 degrees 25 minutes

Surface Areas:

Wing Area 518 sq. ft.
Canard Area 48 sq. ft.
Rudder Area 20 sq. ft.

Weights:

Weight Without Pilot 605 lbs.
Loaded Weight 750 lbs. approx.
Engine Weight w/Fuel 200 lbs. approx.
Powerplant 12 BHP 4-cylinder water-cooled engine lying on its side and driving 2 - 8 ft. 6 in. diameter propellers by chains, one of which was crossed to achieve counter-rotation.

Loadings:

Wing Loading 1.47 lb./sq. ft.
Engine Loading 62.5 lb./hp.

Flight Characteristics:

Speed 30 mph approx.
Launching Method The Flyer took off under its own power from a dolly which ran on two bicycle hubs along a 60 ft. wooden rail.

First airplanes to Fly:
USA Dec. 1903 Austria April 1908
France Nov. 1906 Russia July 1908
Italy 1907 Sweden July 1908
Germany June 1907 Romania Oct. 1908
Gr. Britain Oct. 1908 Canada Feb. 1909


Copyright 1996-2001, AIAA Wright Flyer Project, all rights reserved.


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