Seattle's Museum Of Flight Gets Wright 1903 Flyer

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Ken Hyde and his Wright Experience team have found a home for their third (and last) Wright 1903 Flyer reproduction, at the Seattle Museum of Flight. The Flyer is one of two sister ships to the one that flew at the celebration of the Centennial of Flight in 2003, in North Carolina. The Centennial airplane now lives at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., and the second airplane is on display at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Hyde said that he and his team will now move on to replicate the Wrights' later aircraft. "Our goal is to rediscover all the secrets of the Wright brothers and to inspire a new generation," Hyde said. Hyde's reproductions were built using turn-of-the-century materials and techniques, and are identical in every detail to the original Flyer as it was configured for its first flight on Dec. 17, 1903. He and his team have conducted unprecedented wind-tunnel and flight tests on the Flyers, data from which has shed new light on the extent of the Wright brothers' scientific knowledge of flight.