Visitors Will Get a Chance to
Pilot First Flying Machine In Microsoft's Sim
What many say is the world's most-authentic reproduction of the
1903 Wright Flyer has "landed" at the Inventing Flight
celebration in Dayton (OH), as part of the Experimental Aircraft
Association's Countdown to Kitty Hawk (presented by Ford Motor
The Flyer serves as the centerpiece of a
20,000-square-foot pavilion located within Celebration Central in
Deeds Park and is dedicated to telling the story of the Wright
brothers and powered flight.
The reproduction, which was transported in a specially designed
semi-trailer truck, will not fly publicly until it recreates the
Wright brothers' first powered flight at 10:35 a.m. on December 17,
2003 in Kitty Hawk (NC) -- exactly 100 years after that very first
flight. After this ceremonial flight, which is the backbone of the
First Flight Centennial Celebration that runs December 13-17, 2003,
the Wright Flyer reproduction will reside at The Henry
Ford's Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn (MI), as part of its new
"Heroes of the Sky" exhibit. EAA's Flyer reproduction will join the
Wrights' home and bicycle shop in Dearborn, realizing Henry Ford's
dream of displaying the Wrights' plane.
"EAA's Wright Flyer reproduction
represents a long-standing commitment by EAA and its partners to
preserve the Wright brothers' legacy and their unbridled spirit of
innovation that forever changed our world," said EAA President and
U.S. Centennial of Flight Commissioner Tom Poberezny.
A virtual 1903 Wright Flyer simulator by "Microsoft
Flight Simulator" will give pioneer-pilots of all ages a chance to
experience the challenges the Wright brothers faced a century ago
when they take the controls of the interactive flyer.
Bruce Williams, business
development manager, Microsoft Flight Simulator, said, "Throughout
the Countdown to Kitty Hawk tour, we have had an overwhelmingly
positive response to the Microsoft Wright Flyer Simulator,
which gives everyone the chance to step back in history and
experience first-hand what flight was like 100 years ago."
Poberezny added, "The eyes of the world will be on EAA's Wright
Flyer this coming December 17 as we attempt to re-create the Wright
brothers' first-powered flight on the dunes near Kitty Hawk, North
Carolina. We're honored to bring the Flyer and our
pavilion to the home of the Wright brothers."