Wright B volunteers have been very busy making certain that our flying lookalike, Brownbird, is and continues to be airworthy for the current flying season. Even with all the effort that’s been devoted to the Brownbird, we’ve made considerable progress in construction of the new Wright B lookalike. Much of that progress has been in the fabrication of the tailboom, rudder and the propulsion system parts in the Wright “B” Flyer hangar. Given that it has been a few weeks since we provided an update we decided to do so now.
The first picture shows the basic tailboom frame which will be used in tests to determine whether or not modification is necessary before incorporation in the finished aircraft. The second picture shows Wright B volunteer Bill Rush working on the rudder frame prior to its incorporation in the final tailboom assembly. The third picture shows the tailboom assembly with the rudder frame installed. We also made some progress in fabrication of the propulsion system. Some of that progress can be seen in the fourth picture in which new Wright B volunteer John Bruggar is shown working on the Lycoming engine shroud.