We tell the story of the Wright
brothers and the invention of the airplane to
encourage young people to treasure their dreams and do the work
necessary to achieve them. And to make this story come alive, we recreate
the events of early aviation. To learn more about the WBAC and the
thrilling things we do,
The WBAC tours schools across the
United States with a full-size Wright aircraft, a flight simulator,
and four presentations designed around the
national scholastic benchmarks in
science, technology, math, and social studies. A great way to
augment your STEM education initiatives. See the
Secret of Flight School Tour.
While you're looking around, we have a selection of tunes that
were popular during the first days of aviation, performed by Sue
Keller, courtesy the
Available in Française, Español, Português, Deutsch, Россию,
日本, and other
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elcome to the
Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company, a virtual
museum of pioneer aviation. If this is your first visit, read
About the Museum to get your bearings and consult our
Site Map for help in navigating
this web site. If you need specific information on the Wright
brothers or pioneer aviation, the
Museum Index and
Museum can help you find it.
Our online exhibits are organized into several sections:
As you can plainly
tell, we're revamping the WBAC web site to make it more
informative, easier to navigate, and more compatible
with the newest browsers. Pages that are
grayed out in navigation lists have been taken offline so
we can revise them. We ask your patience while we're working; we'll get the
info back online as soon as we can.
Oftentimes kind and generous people do
wonderful things for us to keep our educational programs alive and
vibrant. At this juncture, we're grateful to:
Jeff Walther and
Don Wright, for
kindly providing a roof over our aircraft while we look for
a new home. (See above.)
If you have a question about the Wright brothers or pioneer
aviation, or have something you'd like to share, please
Undecided where to look first? May we
The Case for Gustave Whitehead
– Updated Update
On 8 March 2013, Jane's All the
World's Aircraft caused an uproar when editor Paul
Jackson endorsed a story that Connecticut resident Gustave
Whitehead flew two years before the Wright brothers. Now
Jackson and Jane's seem to be slinking away from the
controversy they created.
Just Whose Conspiracy Is This?
The Wright/Smithsonian Agreement, which governs how the
original Wright Flyer is displayed, is often used by
supporters of Gustave Whitehead as evidence of a conspiracy
to deny Whitehead his place in history. But when it was recently discovered that access to Whitehead's
papers are restricted to supporters only, the conspiracy seemed to
NEW! An expanded biography of the "third Wright brother,"
Katharine Wright, explaining the pivotal role she played in
the demonstration and sales of the first commercial Wright
aircraft, and the acceptance of her brothers as the
inventors of the airplane. Includes a 1909 magazine article
The American Girl Whom All Europe is Watching
The Real McCoy
REWORKED and EXPANDED! Dozens of photos show the smallest
details of the world's first practical airplane, the 1905
Wright Flyer. Join us in the "pit" of Wright Hall at
Carillon Park with this original Wright airplane.
Updated and expanded! The only place on the web where you can see
types of aircraft that the Wright brothers produced!
The Wright Timeline
An illustrated timeline that not only shows the
history of the Wright brothers, but also the important
scientific, political, and cultural events that loomed large
in their lives.
UFOs – Unbelievable Flying Objects
of the most unusual pioneer aircraft that never flew. Proof
positive that if God had intended for man to fly, he would
have given him some common sense.
Everything a Pilot Could Want
One of the
very first mail-order catalogues for
aviation-related doohickeys. You think Sporty's has