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The FAA welcomes the Wright Flyer

by Marilyn Ramsey

April 26, 1999

Just wanted you all to know that the Wright Flyer was safely moved from NASA Ames to it's new home at the Federal Aviation Administration (South of LA International Airport). Lenny was able to get EVERYTHING in the Red Ball truck!

We unloaded on Saturday, April 24, 1999 after a sizeable opening was made in the side of the FAA glass building! The airplane was brought in and everything done but the lift.

On Monday, April 26, 1999 the riggers returned, and the 1903 Wright Flyer was lifted in front of an audience of amazed FAA employees! (an announcement was made that the lift was about to begin). Once that was secured, they turned to the Pan Am "China Clipper". Then it was time for the National Aerospace Plane or NASP to assume a flight mode. At 4:45 pm, the riggers completed their tasks and departed. Tomorrow, a person will return to finish up the final touches on the ceiling tiles.

Tuesday, April 27, 1999 we will be on the FRONT PAGE of the Daily Breeze. Their photographer was in all day taking photos. The reporter came over to "do a job", but got so excited at what was happening, she was still checking some facts at about 5:30 pm over the phone. She said she planned to stay late, as she was excited about what we are doing, and wanted to get it "Wright". Also, she said that the photos taken by their photographer turned out really great!

I just noticed something really interesting on the plane where we put tufts on the underside of the lower wing. The tufts had blown in different directions depending on what was going on, and I notice today that the bottom of the plane looked a little dusty. Then I saw it..... Perfect little clean circles in the dust on the fabric from each tuft, where it had reacted to tunnel air.

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