Sunday, October 22, 2000

Flight by Wrights to be re-enacted

The Associated Press

        DAYTON — A Wright brothers enthusiast hopes to re-enact the early days of flight with a replica of an aircraft used 100 years ago.

        Nick Engler has designed a glider like the one Wilbur and Orville Wright flew on the sand dunes near Kitty Hawk, N.C., in the fall of 1900.

        Mr. Engler, of West Milton, planned to travel from his home near Dayton to the Outer Banks for a re-enactment today of the Wrights' gliding experiments.

        Champion hang-gliding pilot Steve Lantz of New Mexico and Bill McCoy, an Emery Worldwide Airlines pilot and recreational glider pilot, will fly the replica, Mr. Engler said.

        The Wright brothers had designed and partially built their glider in Dayton, then ran test flights in 1900 at Kitty Hawk to prepare for their world-famous powered flights in 1903.

        “We expect to run into the same problems that the Wright brothers did,” Mr. Engler said, referring to problems with wings being sturdy and winds being strong enough to lift the craft off the ground.

        Mr. Engler said this weekend will serve as a “dress rehearsal” for a project designed to get children involved in the first flight celebration of 2003.


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