One of the original goals set forth for the project in 1978 is to document all activities and discoveries of the Project as contributions to technical history and education. Over the years there have been numerous lectures and presentations, technical papers and publications in national journals and magazines dedicated to achieving this goal, and this effort will continue to receive heavy emphasis as the centennial approaches.

The photos and essays you read on this site are just a small sample of the thousands of hours of thought and dedication that has been invested in disseminating the knowledge which we have acquired in researching the Wright Brothers and specifically their first powered aircraft. Listed below is a bibliography of papers that members have prepared to give a comprehensive coverage of the project and related history. Not listed are the over fifty public lectures to AIAA Sections, universities, public schools and public service organizations on the history of the Wright Brothers' accomplishments and the progress of our project.

Based on our three wind tunnel test programs (two sub-scale and one full-scale) and our static loads analysis and tests, our written materials covering the structural properties, the aerodynamics, and the stability and control of the Wrights' 1903 Flyer are unlikely ever to be surpassed.

In addition to the two successful replicas of the Wright 1903 Flyer, the legacy of this project will be both a thorough documentation of the Project and, more importantly, of the historical and technical story of the Wright Brothers' work from 1899 to 1909.


Where technology and copyright law permit, we have provided links to download the referenced papers. All downloads are in Adobe Acrobat(tm) format and should be easily accessible to any person on any computing platform (i.e. Windows, Macintosh, Linux, UNIX, etc). If you download a file yet cannot seem to open it, you probably need to get the Adobe Acrobat Reader, available free.

Approximate file sizes and time to download are listed for each download.




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