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Gathering Data
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The Test Flights
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The Centennial
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The Flyer's performance was measured before test flights using a dynamometer and full scale wind tunnel; and during the tests with flight data recorder. A simulator was developed from this data to help prepare the pilots for the test flights.

In November and December, 2003, The Wright Experience made several test flights in the 1902 Glider and 1903 Flyer in preparation for the Centennial of Flight on December 17. See video and pictures and read descriptions of each flight!

December 17, 2003 was an incredible day for the entire team, thanks to the amazing crowd at Kill Devil Hills. See how the Flyer's performance that day actually replicated the Wrights' first attempt at a public flight!


Ford Motor Company, Countdown to Kitty Hawk, Northrop Grumman, US Centennial of Flight Commission
©2004, The Wright Experience™

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