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12/17/2003 11:08:41 PM · #1
It's the 100th anniversary of the famed Kitty Hawk flight today. David and i went to a reenactment of it in Brigham City Utah. I put up a few pictures I took of our own Utah State University replica, the USU Wright Flyer.
You can see some more pics (Logan, Cache flight) I took on their website here

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Message edited by author 2003-12-17 23:11:04.
12/18/2003 12:10:58 AM · #2
You can find my shot of today's flight here.

You can find a few more if you go to this page.

It was a fun event. It wasn't really a reenactment, per se, but USU did create a Wright Flyer--but used modern tools, technology and methods. It flies a lot better than Orville's and Wilbur's machine!

First, the pilot flew for 12 seconds in the air to commemorate the famous flight. Then he flew around a little bit. He was much more flamboyant in Logan, when Marianne had the camera (grrrrrr). He went in a nice figure 8 a couple of times, and flew over the crowd. Today, he just made a circle and landed. I think that after seeing the documentary on the Discovery Channel about the various Wright Flyers--and seeing a few of them crash hard--the pilot was being just a bit more careful.

FYI: there are some who claim that others had powered flight first. There was a man in Ohio, for instance, who claimed to have flown two years before the Wrights. A similar story comes out of New Zealand. But the Wright Brothers took photographs (yay!), and also pursued the technology to the point where it became consistent and viable.

Happy Flying!
12/18/2003 03:37:59 AM · #3
They keep showing a reinactment here on Aussie TV, I think it might have been the one Bush went to (not sure as didn;t see him in the same shot, so may not be connected).

It was quite a disaster ... this plane trundled down a little track and plopped into a muddy puddle, didn;t even get close to take off speed. Wind was wrong apparently. I did feel for the people involved as they obviously went to an awful lot of trouble and it flopped :(

Amusing to watch though, and I wish they had succeeded.
12/18/2003 07:36:34 AM · #4
At a cost of 1.2 million I think I know where my profit sharing went the last couple years. It had its own exhibit this summer at the Ford Motor Company 100th Anniversary in Dearborn, Michigan.
12/18/2003 09:22:25 AM · #5
You're right Natator, that's the one where Pres. Bush went. I heard a live radio report that predicted the failure because the wind wasn't what was needed. If memory serves, Wilbur & Orville waited days for the ideal conditions, but maybe they would have gone ahead and plopped the thing in the mud if there was a president watching. To me, the most remarkable aspect of the whole business was the contrast between the relative simplicity of the Wright Flyer and the complexity of the president's plane, Air Force One, which is equipped with some of the most advanced technology ever to leave the ground.

Bottom Line- At age 100 flight remains near the top of anybody's list of man's acheivements.
12/18/2003 11:24:25 AM · #6
Well Mr. Bush should've come to the one in Utah. It wasn't exactly a reenactment as David said, because the plane is made with modern materials, including an engine from a Harley. But the design is the same, and it actually flies, quite well in fact. It was very dramatic to watch it fly.


12/18/2003 12:06:47 PM · #7
Originally posted by dsidwell:

You can find my shot of today's flight here.

You can find a few more if you go to this page.

FYI: there are some who claim that others had powered flight first. There was a man in Ohio, for instance, who claimed to have flown two years before the Wrights. A similar story comes out of New Zealand. But the Wright Brothers took photographs (yay!), and also pursued the technology to the point where it became consistent and viable.

Happy Flying!


Yes, that´s true. Here, in Brazil, we believe that a brazilian guy called Santos Dummont invented the airplane. There is a good article, published by Wired News, that tell´s this history. (click here to read. The fact is that Dummont made the first public flight of the history, in Paris, on Nov. 12, 1906 - and there are also very good pictures of this historical event.

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Message edited by author 2003-12-18 12:10:47.
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