Wright B Flyer

Wright B Flyer

Wilbur and Orville Wright built the powered aircraft which made the first sustained, controlled flights right here in Dayton. In 1975, a project was launched to build a flyable replica of the original Wright “B” Flyer. No detailed construction drawings were kept of the original Wright B Military Flyer, so developers used the Model B in the National Museum of the Air Force as a template. Volunteers nicknamed the airplane, “Brown Bird” because of its color. The “Brown Bird” will take to the skies at this year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger!


  • Orville was the first brother the fly! The decision was made based on a simple coin toss.
  • On December 17, 1903, the Wrights make their first powered flight in the Flyer 1 covering 852 feet and staying in the air for 59 seconds!
  • Only four flights were made in the original Wright Flyer on December 17th because a strong gust of wind caused major damage to the aircraft when it flipped several times!
  • Because of a promise to their father, the Wright Brothers flew together only once (with their father’s permission, of course!). Their father feared losing both sons in an airplane accident.
  • After their first flight, no one believed they flew except for the French. The first flight flown in front of the public was on August 8, 1908 in LeMans, France.
  • The U.S. Army bought two Model Bs from the Wrights to use for training pilots and aerial experiments!
  • When Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon, he had a piece of fabric from the left wing along with a piece of wood from the left propeller of the original 1903 Wright Flyer!
  • The original 1903 Wright Flyer is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum!

Wright B Flyer FAST FACTS:

POWER PLANT: Lycoming HIO-360 F1AD, 225 Horsepower/Max, Turbo Charged, Air Cooled, 100 Octane Fuel

PROPELLERS: SENSENICH Blades; 97 Inch Diameter, 1700 RPM, Counter Rotating, Made from Maple

WING SPAN: 38 Feet, 6 Inches

HEIGHT: 10 Feet, 8 Inches

LENGTH: 31 Feet, 11 Inches

WEIGHT: 3400 Pounds

WING LOADING: 7 Pounds per Square Foot


ELEVATOR AREA: 64 Square Feet

RUDDER AREA: 30 Square Feet

WING AREA: 480 Square Feet

Website: http://www.wright-b-flyer.org/