First Flight Gallery
Wright Flyer Replica
1903 Wright Flyer Dimensions:
Length = 21' 1"
Wingspan = 40' 4"
Weight (plane only) = 605 lbs.
Its maximum speed was 9.9 mph, and the farthest
it flew was 852 feet.
Orville and Wilbur Wright built the original Wright Flyer at their bicycle
shop in Dayton, Ohio, for approximately $1,000 of their own money. Their friend
and mechanic, Charles Taylor, built the 12-horsepower engine from a rough sketch
he nailed over his workbench.
This Wright Flyer is the world's most accurate reproduction
of the original 1903 Flyer. Just weeks before the
Centennial of Flight celebration in December 2003,
this Flyer made several successful flights at the
Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills,
North Carolina. Trained pilots attempted to fly this
reproduction on Dec. 17--exactly 100 years after
the Wright brothers’ original first flight.
Unfortunately, rain and low wind speed prevented
the Flyer from getting up in the air on that day.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) commissioned
The Wright Experience of Warrenton, Virginia, to
build this authentic reproduction in celebration
of 100 years of flight. As a sponsor of "EAA's
Countdown to Kitty Hawk," Ford Motor Company
generously donated this Flyer to the collection of
The Henry Ford.