The Wright “B” Flyer was constructed to honor the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers and promote Dayton, Ohio as the “Leader in Flight,”. The original Wright B Flyer was designed to provide pilot training and reconnaissance for the US Army Signal Corps from 1911 to 1914.
Currently the Wright B Flyer organization owns 3 aircraft. They are called by the color of the fabric on each aircraft
The Brown Bird -This was the first look alike built by the organization and first flew on July 27, 1982
The Silver Bird – The Silver Bird is a new look-alike, which is smaller and designed to fit easily in a 4 foot Sea/Land container for easier shipment both in the US and internationally. The Silver Birs has recently received its airworthiness certificate and is undergoing flight testing.
The Yellow Bird – The Yellow Bird or Valentine Flyer is the third plane. It is a movie star that was originally built by Tom & Karen Valentine (from California) and used in a movie “The Wings of Kitty Hawk.” It came to WBF and it serves as a display model of what a real 1911 Wright “B” Flyer looked like. It does differ in some details from an original (different engine, aircraft quality turn buckles VS piano wire) but it does serve to help people understand details like wing warping.
Currently only the Brown Bird and Silver Bird will be at the airport. The fabric on the Yellow Bird is severely deteriorated and is being prepped for recovering at another site.
We will need to elect our officers for 2011. Unless someone new wishes to step up for an office the current offices will serve next year.
2011 dues are also due. Dues are $20 for the year and can be paid at the meeting. If you can not attend the meeting dues can be mailed to our treasurer, Rich Corbett
President EAA Chapter 284
Red Stewart Airfield (40I)