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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013: EAA Wright 1903 Flyer Replica
Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
The 110th anniversary of the Wright Brothers 1903 flight provides a backdrop for a look at the EAA AirVenture Museum's Wright 1903 Flyer Replica as seen during our visit for the Young Eagles Banquet at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. The full-scale replica of the Wright 1903 Flyer was completed by the EAA with the Blackhawk Technical Institute of Janseville, WI in 1978. The replica was constructed using plans made from the "original" Wright Flyer displayed in the Smithsonian Institute National Air & Space Museum. However, that Flyer was reconstructed in 1928 from parts of the aircraft wrecked in the third flight on December 17, 1903 with additional parts needed to complete the aircraft. EAA states that the replica is as authentic as possible, considering it was based on the most original example since the Wright Brothers did not leave their engineering documents for public use. The current display of the Wright 1903 Flyer replica at the EAA AirVenture Museum is very impressive: