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Introduction

The Purpose
The purpose of the Wright Flyer Profect is to find out and commemorate what the Wright Brothers accomplished, by generating a body of experimental data and analysis which describe the characteristics of the first successful airplane.

The First Wright Flyer
The 1903 Wright Flyer required considerable skill by the pilot, so much so that no precise replica has been successfully flown sine that eventual day in December 1903. The aircraft acelerated forty feet along a wooden starting rail on level ground annd then rose into the air. Both brothers flew that day. The era of flight has begun.

About The Experiment
The Los Angeles Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA) Wright Flyer Project volunteers have constructed a full scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer. NASA is supporting the test in the NASA Ames Research Center 40*80 foot wind tunnel. The model is made of wood, wire and cloth as was the original aircraft. The wind tunnel enviroment produces loads on the model greater than those generated in free flight, and the test duration will be far longer than the expected use of the original structure.
The model includes remotely controlled canards, rudders and wing warp. The positions of these control surfaces, and their actuators, will be measured.

 
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