The spirit of the Wright Brothers is alive and well in a Las Vegas school. The students in the aviation magnet program at Rancho High School working on the restoration of a replica of the 1905 Wright Flyer.
Tenth-year-old Henry Power, says he is hopeful he and his fellow students getting ready to display at Nellis Air Force Base for the Aviation Nation air show on Veterans Day. “Our intention is not to have it operational by Veteran’s Day, that was just a long-term goal is to be operational and controllable.”
The flier was originally built in 2003 by the University of Southern Utah on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the famous Kitty Hawk flight, where Orville and Wilbur Wright made history. Their replica had slight compromise of the original model for the achievement of a greater stability to fly.
Rancho High School Principal James Kuzma says even though it is a replica, the history of the les is still there. “The students are able to get their hands on things that they would normally read in textbooks.”
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The replica weighs about 1600 pounds and has a wingspan of 41 feet. An assessment of the vessel indicates that it needs a new engine and other modifications in order to be ready for viewing after a small crash a few years ago. The flyer is just one of the six replicas of existing which were built on the occasion of the centennial of flight.
The Las Vegas chapter of the Air Force Association assisted in the aerospace lab with the obtain of the Flyer supplied and fitted. “It is intended that as many students to be able to touch, see, understand and enjoy and to build enthusiasm for aviation,” said Bob Hale, a member of the organization.
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An estimated 50 students have already signed up to work on the restoration in the summer to help the project forward ahead of November deadline.
Andrew Craft is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Las Vegas, Nevada . Follow him on twitter: @AndrewCraft