New Wright Model B Lookalike
In 1910, the Wright brothers built America’s first airplane factory in Dayton, Ohio. Its workers were the first in America hired and trained to manufacture airplanes. Their first product—the Wright Model B—marked the birth of America’s aviation industry.
For a generation, Wright “B” Flyer Inc. has celebrated that heritage and inspired future aviation professionals by flying and displaying a New Wright Model B Lookalike.
And now, with the support of an individual with a passion for aviation heritage who generously donated funds, we’re in the process of building a new Wright “B” Flyer lookalike in our hangar/museum.
Construction of our new lookalike is now nearing completion with ground testing expected to begin in November of 2018. Assuming that the ground testing proceeds as anticipated, the first flight will likely be in May 2019. And, if flight testing goes well, the first public event at which the new lookalike will fly will be the Vectren Dayton Airshow in June 2019.
We originally intented to build the new Wright Model B lookalike in the original Wright Company factory buildings. But we soon realized that it would be a few years before the restoration of those buildings could be completed. In addition, the rise of invitations to display and fly our airplane at international venues made it clear that we would soon need a new airplane. And, that airplane must be easier for our volunteers to ship to distant locations and operate with a small support crew. So, we decided to begin construction in our hangar/museum. But, it is still our intent to build some parts and finish construction of the new Wright “B” lookalike in the restored original Wright Company factory buildings.
We’re working with the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) to build parts of the project in the original Wright factory. And as stated above, we’re working with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and its chapters to give homebuilders a chance to join in by building parts and subassemblies. Individuals and groups will be welcome to tour the project in our hangar and to follow our progress on the Internet. Check our Videos page or our News page on this website, or follow us on Facebook.