Today was the Reception and Open House at the New England Air Museum. I arrived at 9:00 am to catch a couple more photos and see the setup. Guests began arriving at 9:30 am, and Walt Watson and I answered questions and talked about the tour and airplane.
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The museum will be bringing in classes of kids to see the airplane, and a troop of local boy scouts will be having a campout around tbe Wright Flyer. The airplane is roped off with the most wonderful stantions of natural wood and thick rope. It looks great! The museum also hosts many private parties, and the local AIAA Section holds their monthly meetings on site.
After the ceremonies, I talked to all the guests and answered questions along with team member Walt Watson.
At this point, I was able to go out to the building where their volunteers were working on a Wright Replica Engine #19. Now, I see how it comes together! We have a casting of the 1903 engine and are pursuing completing a replica for possible alternate use on our airplane.
I just returned to the hotel from the museum. It is 5:30 pm and it is getting very cold outside! According to all weather channels, we may have snow on the ground by morning - not a bad storm, but snow nonetheless! I am catching a plane home tomorrow. See you!
Good Morning. Thank you so much! Its wonderful to be here.
I joined the Wright Flyer Project about ten years ago. Someone told me about this beautiful little airplane and that I just had to go see it.
That day, I met the Wright brothers -- all 15 of them! This team is made up of pilots, aerospace engineers, and yes, rocket scientists.. and of people like me who love aviation.
When I joined the project, I heard terms like NASA and wind tunnel test but I had no idea of the amazing adventures in store that this little airplane would take us on.
Many on the Wright Flyer Team have been working together on this project for over twenty years. Every week, they dedicate their Saturdays to working on this amazing effort.
Now, while this airplane is on tour through December 2003, the team is hard at work building the flight replica. The goal is to be able to fly safely and repeatedly to celebrate the genius of the Wright brothers.
When the flight replica is completed, another adventure begins! The team will be working with NASA Dryden at Edwards AFB in California - guided by a carefully designed Flight Test Plan.
The flight tests will take place on the NASA Dryden Dry Lake Bed. That is made up of seven miles of natural runway in all directions that is as smooth as glass. In fact, it is the alternate landing site in case of bad weather for the space shuttle!
The Wright Flyer team has a new home base to build the flight replica. The adventure continues with a company called Microcosm. Our special thanks to President Jim Wertz for believing in our dream to fly.
And as we work on the airplane every Saturday, we look out into the Microcosm bay, and we see "nose cones", "rockets", "fuel tanks" - lots of "SPACE STUFF!"
You see, Microcosm is a private company bravely opening the pathways of space to private industry!
Microcosm and the AIAA Wright Flyer Project are working side-by-side in the same building. "The Past" meets "The Future", Hand-in-Hand reaching for our respective dreams of flight.
The Wright Flyer Team: hoping to fly 120 feet
Microcosm: looking to the stars.
Again, we thank you all for sharing in our adventure. If you have any questions, come see me after the program and I will be glad to answer any questions.
Its a pleasure being here! Thank you!
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