The 1909 Wright
"B" replica, built by Wright “B” Flyer Inc.
The 1909 Silver Dart
Replicas of two aircraft that flew into the
history books in 1909 will add a special dimension to EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh this year. A Silver Dart replica from Canada and the American
Wright "B" Flyer replica "Silver Bird" represent the
dawn of aviation in the two nations, 100 years ago.
Both aircraft will arrive in Oshkosh before
the convention and be on display throughout the week. The Silver Dart
replica will be at the Federal Pavilion, located off of Wittman Road, west
of the Homebuilt Area. Look for the Wright "B" Flyer replica on
AeroShell Square's western extension throughout the week.
The Silver Dart replica is a reproduction
of the original airplane that on February 23, 1909, made the first flight
in the British Commonwealth at Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia. Piloted by J.A.
Douglas McCurdy, the Silver Dart was the product of the Aerial Experiment
Association, a five-member group that included Alexander Graham Bell and
Glenn Curtiss. The replica was built by Ed Lubitz and Mark Taylor over a
period of eight months, with help from Jack Minor, Jim Tone, Bob McNickle
and other aviation comrades. “It was built using the philosophy that we
are building as accurate a flying replica of a 1909 Silver Dart aircraft
as we can, with concessions to modern materials," Lubitz said.
The "Silver Bird" replica was
built by Dayton, Ohio-based Wright "B" Flyer Inc., which already
has two reproductions of the Wright's first production model. The Wright
"B" Flyer group began the Silver Bird project in 2007 to
provide an aircraft for international exhibitions. This replica is
stressed for 3.8 positive Gs while maintaining the original Wright design
with steel frames, wooden wing ribs and fabric covering.
For more information on the Silver Bird,