The National Aviation Heritage Alliance, NAHA, presented the 2017 Mitchell Cary-Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship to Mullika Pandit, daughter of Miti and Anirudh Pandit of Mason, Ohio. This is the fifth time NAHA has awarded the scholarship; the fifteen-year-old Mason High School student is the youngest person and first female to receive the award.
A serious engine failure occurred while flying our Wright “B” Flyer lookalike (Brown Bird) in October. This failure has necessitated extensive maintenance on the Brown Bird. So, along with design and construction of a new aircraft, we are currently working on the restoration of the older one to flying status. We hope to have the Brown Bird flying again by April or May of this year. To read more about the maintenance effort click here. To see more pictures, visit our Facebook site by clicking here and scrolling down a bit.
All four of the new Wright “B” lookalike wing panels arrived at the Wright “B” hangar in January 2017. Construction of these wing panels began in February 2016 at the EAA 5 facility in Middlefield, Ohio under the leadership of project manager, Curtis Cook. After designing and building special tools for use during the wing-panel construction, all parts were completed, assembled and shipped to the Wright “B” Flyer hangar. To read more about the construction of the wing panels, click here.
The Wright B Museum Holiday Schedule is as follows. The museum will be closed from December 17, 2016 through January 1, 2017. The museum will open for normal operating days (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) and hours (9:00 am until 2:30
Long-time Wright B Volunteer John Warlick passed away at age 91 on November 27, 2016, surrounded by family. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, John was a resident of Beavercreek, Ohio for the last 46 years. John was proceeded in death by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Martin Warlick, parents John and Eva May Warlick, and an infant sister. John was a long-time member of Aley United Methodist Church in Beavercreek.
The Wright”B” Flyer museum will be closed on November 24 and 26 for observance of Thanksgiving. The museum will resume normal operating days (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) and hours (9:00 am to 2:30 pm) on Tuesday, November 29.
Wright “B” Flyer orientation rides have ended for the 2016 flying season, but should resume again in April or May 2017. As in the past, our museum/hangar remains open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:30 am. So,
Off we go… into the wild blue yonder (1)
My grandchildren think I was with Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk, or at least worked in their bicycle shop back home in Dayton. I am old, but not that old … yet young enough to want to do a few things yet in life before I join the brothers Wright in the wild blue yonder. One of those things occurred on the first Saturday in August when my kids gave me one of those birthday gifts you dream about: A membership in Wright B Flyer, Inc., and the ride of a life-time in the modern look alike of the Wright brothers’ first production airplane.