Wright Brother Model Plane Kit

Modelworks Wright Flyer I Kitty Hawk Model Airplane
Modelworks Wright Flyer I Kitty Hawk Model Airplane

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The Wright Brothers - The Flyer

Late morning on December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, successfully flew the first powered flight of a machine carrying a man. That day was the first day of the aviation age and, since then, man continued to push the envelope of flight.

The brother's machine, known as The Flyer, was made of spruce wood. Chains from bicycle technology drove its propellers. The power came from a straight-4 water-cooled piston engine.

The Flyer was a canard biplane meaning that the stabilizers (small wings) were in front of the double main wings. In order to fly the plane, the pilot layed down on his stomach held by a hip cradle. Using what's credited as the first fully functioning aircraft steering system, the pilot controlled The Flyer using a series of wires controlled by levers pulling on the warped wings and the rudders at the same time. Two particular parts of the control system distinguish The Flyer from modern commercial aircraft today:

Hip Cradle

The pilot steered The Flyer by sliding his hips from side-to-side. The cradle pulled on wires connected to the wings warping them as needed to make the proper turns.

Wing Warping

In order to turn The Flyer during flight, the wings were warped or twisted so that one side of the aircraft gets more lift than the other side. Modern airplanes apply this concept through the use of ailerons.

1st Flight Actual Footage

Various Wright Flyer Models

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Revell Wright Flyer First Powered Flight - The Flyer Model KitDaron Worldwide Trading ESAG024 Wright Flyer "KITTY HAWK" 1/32 AIRCRAFTRadio Control Megatech MTC7703 WRIGHT FLYER RC ModelDaron Worldwide Trading ESAG018 Wright Flyer "KITTY HAWK" 1/24 AIRCRAFTDaron Worldwide Trading MP5555 Model Power Wright Flyer 1/72
Revell Wright Flyer First Powered Flight - The Flyer Model Kit
Revell Wright Flyer First Powered Flight - The Flyer Model Kit
Daron Worldwide Trading ESAG024 Wright Flyer "KITTY HAWK" 1/32 AIRCRAFT
Daron Worldwide Trading ESAG024 Wright Flyer "KITTY HAWK" 1/32 AIRCRAFT
Radio Control Megatech MTC7703 WRIGHT FLYER RC Model
Radio Control Megatech MTC7703 WRIGHT FLYER RC Model
Daron Worldwide Trading ESAG018 Wright Flyer "KITTY HAWK" 1/24 AIRCRAFT
Daron Worldwide Trading ESAG018 Wright Flyer "KITTY HAWK" 1/24 AIRCRAFT
Daron Worldwide Trading MP5555 Model Power Wright Flyer 1/72
Daron Worldwide Trading MP5555 Model Power Wright Flyer 1/72

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