(left) The Wings of History display of the Wright Flyer.
This replica was originally built for Irv Perch, owner of the Morgan Hill, CA restaurant-museum, 'The Flying Lady.' Ownership of the Flyer passed to Vaughn Lamb, one of the Wings of History founders and Mr. Lamb gave it to the Wings of History museum.
The replica is full size and is an accurate, non-flying reproduction of the original 1903 Wright Flyer. It was exhibited in many California locations during the 2003 Wright brother centennial.
Here is more interesting information about the Wright Flyer: We know the Wright brothers did not "invent" the airplane! They did the some of the first engineering analysis of what makes an airplane fly and refined the data provided by earlier pioneers. As a result, the Wright brothers were able to design and fly the first powered aircraft! Here are the details in Wilbur Wright's own words:
"Just eighteen years ago, on the seventeenth of December, 1903, after centuries of endeavor, man for the first time was lifted into the air by a power propelled airplane. Flight seems so easy today that one naturally wonders at the long delay in its accomplishment. Yet eighteen years ago on account of the thousands of failures, flying was classed with perpetual motion and the few who expressed belief in its possibilities were looked upon as mentally unbalanced.
Up to 1900, only a few measurements of airplane wings had been made along successful lines. Most flying experiments up to that time had been made on the 'cut and try' plan; and by that plan flight probably would not have been accomplished for centuries yet to come. The problem was not one to be solved by guesswork. Duchemin about the middle of the last century had published a formula for calculating the pressure on planes at different angles. Lilienthal in the eighties had published his measurements on several curved surfaces with other valuable scientific work. Langley in the nineties published his measurements of plane surfaces corroborating the earlier work of Duchemin. It was to the work of Lilienthal that my brother and I were by far most deeply indebted. But owing to various defects in the systems of measuring all of this work, we found it, too inaccurate and too meager for purposes of design. (continued on page 2)