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mission is to tell the Wright story, and we do that in a number of
ways. This virtual museum is one way, of course, but we have several
other programs all focused on the same goal – to captivate you with
thrilling stories of ordinary men and women who did extraordinary
things, and to remind you that those stories are still being
written. Aviation and aerospace has been and always will be an
empire of unlikely heroes just like you.
Since we don't have a
museum of our own, our airplanes travel -- we can bring them to a
school, a museum, an air show, or any other suitable place or event.
We can also bring flight simulators, interactive displays,
demonstrations, and other Wright stuff all designed to get you hands
on with early aviation. And if you really want to get to know the
subject, we will even help you build an airplane! Actually,
what we do is help you build an airplane with the involvement of the
young people in your neck of the woods. This airplane may be a
scientific kite, a Wright Flyer replica, or – who knows? – an
opportunity for some heroism of your own.
School Presentations The first question that
your students will ask us is, "How'd you get that in here?" And the
answer is that our clever crew designed a 32-foot flying Wright
glider replica that we can get through an ordinary 3-foot door.
Meaning that we can set it up in any school anywhere! Along with
that aircraft, we send a Wright flight simulator, wind tunnel,
interactive displays and a spirited, humorous presenter armed with
your choice of four different demonstrations and workshops, each of
which reinforce up to 140 national scholastic benchmarks in science,
technology, mathematics, and social studies. There are a lot of good
STEM programs for schools for you to choose from, but this will be
the one your kids remember.
WBAC Director Nick Engler demonstrates how the Wrights controlled
their 1902 glider to the students of Sugar Grove Elementary School
in Sugar Grove, OH.
Touring Wright Brothers Exhibits We have
built all of the experimental aircraft the Wright brothers made
between 1899 and 1905 in their quest to create a practical flying
machine. We also created something the Wright brothers didn't:
- Flight simulators for each Wright aircraft
- A walk-through timeline of the six years it took to invent the
- Interactive displays that demonstrate the scientific
advances the Wright brothers made with each new glider or Flyer.
Together, they capture the excitement that was the very
beginnings of aviation and bring the story of the Wright
brothers alive. We
can also mix and match these aircraft, simulators, and displays to create
a special exhibit just for your museum or event.
The 1903 Wright Flyer is a difficult aircraft to fly, as you can
tell from the expression of pure concentration on the faces of these
student pilots. They are flying the Flyer on our Wright flight simulators.
A Replica for Your Museum Looking for a
Wright Flyer? We offer historically accurate reproductions with a
marked difference. Almost every Wright
aircraft in our collection was built with the involvement of young
people. They build and sign the ribs in the wings, then we assemble
the signed ribs in an historically- accurate replica. So popular is
this program we haven't been able to turn it off, even after we
produced all of the Wright experimental aircraft. Now we're
producing those planes for other museums and institutions. If you'd
like a Wright Flyer to hang in one of your display halls, we work
with the young people and parents in your area to build it. It's a
great way to drum up local interest and good PR. But wait;
there's more! We also throw in a flight simulator for your
Flyer, so this extraordinary interactive program produces an
extraordinary interactive display.
Shine a bright light on the cloth that covers the wings of the
Wright Flyer replica in the atrium at the Dayton International
Airport, and you'll see the signatures of more than 300 young people
who helped build it.
Good Reviews In addition to these current
educational programs, there are a few that we've completed:
- The Birth of Aviation Pavilion
- The Centennial Flyer
- From Russia to Kitty Hawk
- Charley Furnas Memorial
Students from Russia Local Schools in Russia, OH fly their 1902
Wright Glider replica at Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head, NC,
just a few miles south of Kill Devil Hills.