Jim Davis (at Left), one of the original founders of the FASF, and still one of our principal Advisors, took the following 7 minute 14 second video of the exact replica of the Wright Flyer Military model, which was first tested in July of 1909 at Ft. Myers, Virginia, the site of the current Arlington National cemetery. This particular event filmed by Jim was held to celebrate the 1st start-up and ground test of the identical engine to that which successfully launched that flyer into the air that eventful day. The entire project to memorialize that first U.S. Military aircraft was manned and operated by old friends of Jim’s. This video of his friends’ project, called “The Wright Experience,“ is also narrated by Jim.
Jim’s friends with the “The Wright Experience” team has now built four (4) of the Wright Flyer, B models, one of which crashed, killing the two aviators on board, in a rural Ohio field during the summer of 2011. The others are on display at museums across the country. See the 2nd video below to discover more about “The Wright Experience” enterprise.
Without further ado, let’s watch this historic replica as it gets rolled out of its temporary hangar at College Park, MD’s historic “World’s First Airport,” adjacent to Washington, DC and Ft. Myers, where that original Wright flying machine was first tested and accepted by the U.S. Army Signal Corp’s newly founded Aviation group. It was at College Park’s airfield where the Wright Brothers taught our earliest military pilots how to fly their unique aeroplane. This is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of this event video taped by Mr. Davis on August 29, 2009. ⊗
⊗ Of note is the quick appearance of Jim’s good friend (@ :20 seconds into video – at left) and another early FASF member, Dave Clemmer, who had piloted the number one (N1) FAA Gulfstream Executive Jet for some time, even on that fateful day of September 11, 2001.
Wright Flyer – – – and “The Wright Experience” team
(Video length 3:02)