100 years on, Wright flight replica ends with a splash
AFP. KILL DEVIL HILLS, United States:
Re-creating the first powered flight proved as difficult for the engineering high-flyers of today as it was for the Wright brothers 100 years ago.
After delays caused by heavy rain, a replica of The Flyer which carried Orville Wright 120 feet (36.3 metres) on December 17, 1903 ended up in a muddy puddle in 2003.
President George W. Bush went to the sand dunes at Kill Devil Hills but was too busy to wait for the weather to clear for the attempt. He paid tribute to the Wright brothers however and vowed that the United States would remain in the forefront in the second century of flight. [...]
But Bush said that Americans "take special pride in their qualities of discipline and persistence, optimism and imagination."
And the former National Guard pilot vowed that the United States would use its "skills and daring" to stay ahead of the rest of the world.
He said: "A great American journey that began in Kitty Hawk, continues in ways unimaginable to the Wright brothers." [...]
"By our skill and daring, America has excelled in every area of aviation and space travel and our national commitment remains firm. By our skill and daring, we will continue to lead the world in flight."[...]
"The Wright brothers’ invention belongs to the world, but the Wright brothers belong to America," Bush added.[...]
Actor John Travolta, himself a pilot, presided as a master of ceremonies.
Global party marks 100 years of flight
AVIATION enthusiasts across Scotland joined global celebrations yesterday to mark the centennial of the first powered flight by the Wright brothers.
Glasgow Flying Club attempted to make 100 take-offs and 100 landings in a single aircraft; while, at Cumbernauld airport, a fragment of wing fabric from the brothers’ plane, the Flyer, was taken up in a microlight to mark the occasion.
The fragment of fabric, just one square inch, is owned by Colin Mackinnon, who trains people to fly microlights at the airport. He bought it in 1996, for £1,500, at Sotheby’s .
Mr Mackinnon said: "Man had dreamed of flying for thousands of years. People were looking for ways to go into the air and the Wright brothers were the ones to make it happen, and so to have some sort of connection with the first successful flight, it’s just magical." [...]
Yesterday, three microlights from the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron recreated Pilcher’s flightpath to pay tribute on the 100th anniversary of powered flight. [...]