An Authentic and Airworthy Reproduction by The Wright Experience With Original 1910 Wright Vertical 4-Engine #33. The Wright Experience has meticulously, and with absolute fidelity, recreated the Model B as an airworthy, flyable reproduction. Its pedigree is flawless.
35-HP, Original Wright V4
Reproduction Wright 1911 Bent-end, Finish per original Wright factory specifications
Reproduction 1911 Model B Flyer Specifications:
Airworthy Airframe: Flown in 2003
Empty Weight: 843 Lbs.
Seats: (1) Pilot and (1) Passenger
Wing Span: 39'
Engine: 35-HP Original Wright V4, Serial #33
Propellers: Reproduction Wright 1911 Bent-end
Finish per Original Wright Factory Specifications:
Polished Aluminium Powder on all Exposed Spruce
Fabric: Rubberized Cotton
All Metal Fittings, Fuel Tank Nickel-Plated
Polished Brass Radiator
Seat upholstered in Burgundy Corduroy
One hundred years ago, a very special aircraft helped change our nation and the world forever. It was the product of the Wright Company-a brainstorm of Orville and Wilbur Wright. The Wright Model B was the standard bearer of an industry emerging from its infancy. In 1911 and 1912, this airplane, and the people who flew it, shaped the modern world.
The Wright Experience has meticulously, and with absolute fidelity, recreated the Model B as an airworthy, flyable reproduction. Its pedigree is flawless.
This Model B is a reproduction of Army Signal Corps Aircraft #4, flown by Hap Arnold and Tom Milling. It is equipped with an original, working Wright vertical-four engine (Serial #33.) This engine was once the personal property of Orville Wright. The finishes, fabric, airframe, and fittings have been reproduced as accurately as possible following thousands of hours of primary source research and the creation of fully detailed, accurate plans.
Aircraft Provenance :
In the spring of 1911, two Army lieutenants soloed in Model B's at the Wright School in Dayton. One later became 4-star General Thomas Milling. The other became 5-star General Henry "Hap" Arnold
Arch Hoxsey flew President Theodore Roosevelt in a Model B in St. Louis in October, 1910-the first airplane flight by an American president.
From September 1911 to February 1912, the second flight across the country was made in a Wright Model B flying from California to Florida. Its pilot, Robert Fowler, flew into aviation history.
In 1911 and 1912, two pilots from the Wright Exhibition Team, Philip Parmelee and Clifford Turpin, crisscrossed the country in their Model B airplanes. Flying state fairs, offering rides, even being deputized and chasing bandits from the sky, they were pioneers of the air show as we know it today.
Exhibition and Education :
This reproduction Model B aircraft is ideal for preserving the rich heritage of American and aviation history. It represents the foundation of commercial and military powered flight. The Model B is the link, through Hap Arnold, to the modern Air Force. Through Robert Fowler, we see the shrinking of the continent and the origin of the modern air travel. Through Parmelee and Turpin, we see the spirit of adventure that propelled aviation advances for over a century.
Interactive use of the aircraft in a museum setting can enhance both formal and informal STEM learning by visitors and students. A reproduction Wright machine holds a unique advantage as teaching tool because all the fundamental principles of aircraft design are fully realized and accessible. Thanks to its open framework, the principles of three-axis control, wing warping, and power and propulsion can all be easily seen and demonstrated.
The Wright Experience - Wright Brothers Reproductions are on display at the following museums:
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kittyhawk, North Carolina
Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan
The Museum Of Flight, Seattle, Washington
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia