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Wright B Flyer Debuts at NBAA2008
ORLANDO, FL, October 6 – There aren't many structural differences between the newest Wright B Flyer look-a-like and the original aircraft that Orville and Wilbur Wright used to introduce a country to aviation.
Wright "B" Flyer Inc., a Dayton, Ohio-based nonprofit dedicated to recreating historic moments in aviation, unveiled the newest flyer today during the NBAA Annual Convention & Meeting (NBAA2008) in Orlando, FL.
The "Silver Bird," nicknamed for the metal skeleton, will be on static display inside the Orange County Convention Center for the duration of the Convention.
"We had a need to build a portable and durable flyer that we could take to air shows all over the world," said John Bosch, chairman of Wright "B" Flyer Inc. "We serve a global market today and this airplane extends our reach in promoting our aviation heritage and Ohio's aerospace business."
Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane in their West Dayton bicycle shop at the turn of the 20th century and formed the Wright Company in 1909 to produce military and civilian airplanes. The "B" model was the first one they produced in quantity, with more than 100 built beginning in 1910.
Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, is a Cincinnati resident and Wright "B" Flyer Inc. trustee.
"In America, 1910 was a year when Americans started to see the first big air meets around the country. The Wright B Flyer was brought around the country, and introduced people to airplanes. It was the first time that most Americans got to see a flying ship," Wright Lane said.
"More than 30 volunteers helped to build the Silver Bird for more than a year.
They want other generations to understand the love of flying, and they spend hours each day on the flyer to hopefully pass that thrill on to the next generation."
"The Wright Brothers really fired up the imagination of people around the country and around the world. People read about the flyer in newspapers, and then they actually saw this plane at the shows," she added. "I think the skies are still a frontier that has a romantic and scientific hold on us. The automobile and the airplane are really the things that have helped change the world."
NBAA gladly contributed to the shipping costs and provided floor space for the Dayton nonprofit to proudly display the Silver Bird inside the Orange County Convention Center. "It is our hope that NBAA Exhibitors, Members and visitors will become inspired about the future of aviation by getting close to the industry's history," said NBAA CEO and President Ed Bolen.
Tim Gaffney, aviation writer and volunteer with Wright "B" Flyer, said that the group plans to inspire future aviators with their newest flyer.
"It connects people viscerally with aviation history in a way that books and movies just can't do," he said.