The Dayton Air Show again selected Aviation Sales as the preferred FBO for the annual airshow at James M. Cox Dayton International Airport. The show, held July 18 and 19, brought a big boost in business to Aviation Sales, which also owns an FBO at Dayton Wright Brothers Airport. The Dayton facility is the closest to the runway and has a large ramp and hangars available for overnight storage.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced that Sarah Bryn Rickman is this year’s recipient of the seventh annual Combs Gates Award. An aviation author and historian, Rickman received the $20,000 cash award for her trilogy based on the women pilots of the Ferry Command.
The Curtiss-Wright Corporation can trace its lineage back to the very dawn of aviation. Built on the legacy of the pioneering efforts of the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, the company this fall will celebrate its 80th anniversary on the New York Stock Exchange. During World War II, it was one of the world’s largest manufacturers, turning out nearly 30,000 airplanes, along with engines and propellers.
“This is a look-alike, not a replica,” said engineer Walt Hoy at the unveiling of the Wright Brothers’ “Silver Bird” Tuesday at Booth No. 3104. “You need to step back a hundred yards to make it look ‘Wright,’” he said, since its design was driven by practical needs for portability and durability.
The First Flight Foundation received the $20,000 Annual Combs Gates Award and $20,000 from the National Aviation Hall of Fame in recognition of its restoration of the iconic Kitty Hawk, N.C. monument that honors the Wright Brothers’ first flight there in 1903, and their achievements thereafter.
Virginia Aviation Wright Model B, Midland, Va., May 19, 2003–At 8:20 p.m. EDT an airline transport pilot of the homebuilt Wright Model B (N1911K), was seriously injured and the aircraft substantially damaged when it struck trees while maneuvering at Horse Feathers Airport, Midland, Va. The accident occurred in VMC.
Seeing the North Carolina state flag hoisted in an exhibit at a major international air show isn’t all that surprising considering that the area is home to more than 160 aerospace companies and has attracted hundreds of million of dollars worth of major contracts in the last two years.
Last month NASA made the first flight of an experimental “wing warping” Boeing F/A-18 flying testbed. In 1903 the Wright Brothers used wires connected to their control column to twist the wings of their Flyer, changing the airfoils’ shape to provide differential lift to control bank. NASA calls the 21st century version of wing warping the “active aeroelastic wing,” or AAW.
On a blustery day on a deserted beach near Nags Head on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, two brothers began humanity’s controlled adventure away from the surface of the Earth that continues to this day.
Pilots visiting the site of the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kill Devil Hills, N.C., near Kitty Hawk will soon have more than a minimalist line shack in which to prepare for their outbound flight.