Ship #2 - Our Flyable Replica
The AIAA Wright Flyer Project is currently constructing a second replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer at the Zenith Flight Services facility in Riverside, CA. This is the replica we intend to fly in honor of the centennial celebration of the Wrights' achievement. We welcome visitors, but do request that you contact us prior to any visit.
Ship #1 - Our Wind Tunnel Replica
The first replica, that which went to the wind tunnel is available for viewing by the public. It is hanging in the FAA building in Lawndale, CA, and is subject to the new security measures, so walk in visits are prohibited. Please contact us if you wish to see it.
As part of the continuing engineering analysis of the data obtained from the 1999 Wind Tunnel Test, the AIAA Wright Flyer Project was supported by flight tests of a Learjet 24D Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator aircraft modified to have the same handling characteristics of the Wright Flyer. These tests have prompted several questions as to how a 145 knot, jet airplane can possibly fly like a wood and fabric covered 27 knot biplane. Here we offer a brief explanation, oriented to the layman.
The national offices of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is developing a tour schedule for our non-flyable replica. As part of the Evolution of Flight Campaign, AIAA will tour the 1903 Wright Flyer replica to various locations in the year leading up to December, 2003. If you are interested in seeing one of our airplanes, please make plans to visit one of these events.
Some long lost direct connections between the AIAA Wright Flyer Project and the Wright Brothers themselves. Pictured here is Charlie Taylor, the Wright's master mechanic and builder of the first aircraft engine beside the original 1953 AIAA replica of the Wright Flyer. Charlie was living in Southern California for the second time in his life when this picture was taken, and died shortly thereafter in January 1956.
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