Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Dozens trying to copy Wrights

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - A century after the Wright brothers made the first powered flight, dozens of people are working on reproductions of their original plane in hopes of duplicating the feat.

The Federal Aviation Administration says eight reproductions are under construction, with four others completed. An undetermined number of other people also are working on versions of the plane that took the historic Dec. 17, 1903, flight over the North Carolina sand dunes near Kitty Hawk.

In the last year, the Smithsonian Institution's Air & Space Museum has sold more than 3,000 sets of blueprints for the 1903 aircraft at $50 apiece. Wright State University near Dayton also sells the plans.

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