Wright Flyer #1 -  1903



Model Description:

Medium:Diecast  Length (inches):10.0  Width (inches):15.0  Height (inches):5.0


Issued by the Corgi model company in conjunction with the History Channel, this is a 100th Anniversary Special Edition release of a 1:32 scale diecast and plastic model of the Wright Flyer #1.  The very detailed model includes two figurines and wooden track depicting the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903. 


On December 17th, 1903, Orville and Wilbur assembled their most ambitious plane to date, nicknamed the "Flyer I," on the sand on Kitty Hawk.  Flyer I weighed over 600 pounds and had an impressive wingspan of 40 feet.  With winter coming, the Wright brothers knew they had to get this test right, or else they would have to wait for many, many months of bad weather before they could try again. The brothers flipped a coin to see who would be the first pilot. Orville won.  

With his brother at the controls, the 4 cylinder water cooled 12 hp engine running, Wilbur pushed the plane down the short wooden ramp and it lifted into the air.   Flyer I remained airborne for twelve seconds and it traveled just 120 feet, but Orville and Wilbur were ecstatic.  Their plane really worked!  By the end of the day, both brothers had made successful flights, with Wilbur covering a record 852 feet in 59 seconds. 

However, the Wright brothers were not satisfied with Flyer I.  They went back to their shop and over the next two years constructed the Flyer II and then the Flyer III, which proved to be a much more reliable airplane than the original flyer.   On October 5th, 1905, Wilbur set an endurance record in the Flyer III, flying over 34 miles in 38 minutes. In 1909, the Wright brothers formed the American Wright Company to manufacture airplanes for the US military. The brothers continued to experiment and modify their design until 1912, when Wilbur died.




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