In celebration of the centennial of flight, many people around the country have built replicas of the Wright brothers' aircraft. We would like to highlight two particular efforts at this gallery:
Under the leadership of their science teacher, Richard Glueck, students of the Orono Middle School, in Orono, Maine have built a full scale replica of the 1900 kite, a full scale and a half scale replica of the 1902 glider, and a small scale replica of the 1903 flyer. The 1900 and 1902 aircraft now reside at the NASA Glenn Research Center where they have been displayed at a variety of air shows and public events. The 1903 is currently flying on board the International Space Station where it was used by the Expedition 7 crew for educational broadcasts.
A full scale, historically accurate replica of the Wright 1905 flyer has been built by Mark Dusenberry of Dover, Ohio. The aircraft took seven years to build and has been flown by Mr. Dusenberry more than thirty times. The aircraft sports a 17-18 horsepower engine, and hand carved propellers, just like the Wrights' aircraft. The aircraft is launched by a catapult in exactly the same manner that the brothers used at Huffman Field in 1904 and 1905. The aircraft and tower are shown below just prior to flight in September, 2004.
Mr. Dusenberry flew his aircraft at Huffman Prairie as part of the 100th Anniversary of Practical Flight Celebration, on October 5, 2005. During the activities of October 5, he completed two long flights that were witnessed by local media, members of the Wright family, Air Force dignitaries from Wright-Patterson AFB, and many spectators. On the preceeding Monday, he successfully completed a ciruit of the field as shown below.
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