Wright B Flyer
Wilbur and Orville Wright built the powered aircraft which made the first sustained, controlled flights right here in Dayton. In 1975, a project was launched to build a flyable replica of the original Wright “B” Flyer. No detailed construction drawings were kept of the original Wright B Military Flyer, so developers used the Model B in the National Museum of the Air Force as a template. Volunteers nicknamed the airplane, “Brown Bird” because of its color. The “Brown Bird” will take to the skies at this year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Orville was the first brother the fly! The decision was made based on a simple coin toss.
- On December 17, 1903, the Wrights make their first powered flight in the Flyer 1 covering 852 feet and staying in the air for 59 seconds!
- Only four flights were made in the original Wright Flyer on December 17th because a strong gust of wind caused major damage to the aircraft when it flipped several times!
- Because of a promise to their father, the Wright Brothers flew together only once (with their father’s permission, of course!). Their father feared losing both sons in an airplane accident.
- After their first flight, no one believed they flew except for the French. The first flight flown in front of the public was on August 8, 1908 in LeMans, France.
- The U.S. Army bought two Model Bs from the Wrights to use for training pilots and aerial experiments!
- When Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon, he had a piece of fabric from the left wing along with a piece of wood from the left propeller of the original 1903 Wright Flyer!
- The original 1903 Wright Flyer is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum!
Wright B Flyer FAST FACTS:
POWER PLANT: Lycoming HIO-360 F1AD, 225 Horsepower/Max, Turbo Charged, Air Cooled, 100 Octane Fuel
PROPELLERS: SENSENICH Blades; 97 Inch Diameter, 1700 RPM, Counter Rotating, Made from Maple
WING SPAN: 38 Feet, 6 Inches
HEIGHT: 10 Feet, 8 Inches
LENGTH: 31 Feet, 11 Inches
WEIGHT: 3400 Pounds
WING LOADING: 7 Pounds per Square Foot
ELEVATOR SPAN: 16 Feet
ELEVATOR AREA: 64 Square Feet
RUDDER AREA: 30 Square Feet
WING AREA: 480 Square Feet