Our friends up North tell us that the field is looking good for
the 7th Annual Virginia State EAA Fly-in. The
rain has (finally) stopped and the sod is drying out. Better
yet (for the bottom line), a record number of vendors are signed up
for the event.
Best Of ALL?
The public will enjoy
the treat of seeing an extremely accurate replica of the 1903
Wright Flyer and talk to its builder, Rick Young, who is known
nationally as an expert on the Wright Brothers.
With extensive research and experience of building three Wright
gliders, Young started building an accurate replica of the 1903
Wright Flyer two years ago. As noted, it will be displayed at
the Virginia State EAA Fly-in for the weekend of September 20-21.
Then it will return to the Virginia Aviation Museum on long term
He recently displayed this 1903 Flyer replica at Rockefeller
Center for three weeks in a special Centennial of Flight exhibit.
He has built and flown the 1899 kite, the 1900, 1901 and 1902
gliders. The 1901 glider prototype reproduction he built,
flew in October 1997 for a NOVA documentary in production. The
1902 glider replica Sue and Rick Young built in 1980 and restored
it in 1997. This glider was flown in the IMAX film 'On The Wing'
and the PBS television program 'The Wright Stuff,' and is currently
being used in a NOVA documentary currently in production.
Rick Young, a Richmond area restauranteur, has spent 30 years
researching the Wright brothers and their singular accomplishment,
the first powered airplane flight on December 17, 1903 at Kitty
Hawk, North Carolina. With the help of several sponsors, Young
and his team of volunteers has built a very accurate replica of
that first airplane. He will display it at the 7th Annual
Virginia State EAA Fly-in and Air Show September 20-21 at the
Dinwiddie County Airport.
Young will attend the two-day event and answer questions
on building the Flyer and the Wright's achievements. Young, who is
now considered to be a world authority on the history of the
Wright's achievement, will describe the details of the design,
testing and building of the world's first powered
He has been researching the Wrights since he visited the Wright
museum at Kitty Hawk in 1974. There he saw an exhibit of the
Wright's 1902 glider which was the precursor of the 1903
Flyer. He decided he wanted to build a replica of the glider,
but since no one made a kit he had to figure out exactly how the
Wrights did it.
The visit to Kitty Hawk started a 30-year odyssey through the
archives at the Library of Congress and other repositories of
Wright family history. He searched the collection at Wright
State University in Dayton, Ohio and other Wright documents as well
as interviewed Wright family members. Years of research led to
the publication of "The Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville
Wright" with co-editor, Peter Jakab which was published by the
Smithsonian Press in 2000.