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Wright 1903 Flyer Reproduction

The Museum's Wright 1903 Flyer Replica on display in the Great Gallery
Manufacturer: The Wright Experience
Model: 1903 Wright Flyer Replica
Year: 2003
Span: 12.2956m / 40ft
Length: 6.42518m / 21ft
Height: 2.8194m / 9ft
Wing Area: 47.379m² / 510ft²
Empty Weight: 274.428kg / 605lbs
Gross Weight: 340.2kg / 750lbs
Power Plant: One 4-cylinder, water-cooled, 12 h.p. engine



Wright 1903 Flyer Reproduction

A group of 1903 Wright Flyers were built by The Wright Experience of Warrington, Virginia. The company's goal was to create the most authentic Flyer reproductions ever made. The first aircraft to be finished was wind tunnel tested at NASA/Langley and toured the country as part of a traveling exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight.

One hundred years to the day after the Wright's history-making take off, the reproduction was returned to Kitty Hawk, in an attempt to re-enact the first flight. The day was rainy and unusually calm, and the Flyer failed to make it into the air as 35,000 spectators looked on.

The Museum of Flight's aircraft is the third and last extremely detailed and very authentic 1903 Flyers to be built by The Wright Experience and is powered by a 4-cylinder, water-cooled 12-horsepower engine.