WRA Fact Sheet
Many people ask us for a basic description of the Wright Redux Association 1903 Wright Flyer project and what it is designed to do. The following is a summary of what the project is all about.
  • The Wright Redux Association (WRA), Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Packer Engineering, Naperville, Illinois
  • The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago (MSI), Chicago, Illinois
  • What?
  • This group will cooperate in the construction and flying of a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer to celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight.
  • The replica flyer is called "Spirit of Glen Ellyn" due to the fact that the majority of the initial volunteers of the Wright Redux Association were from that suburban village.
  • When?
  • Fabrication and assembly of the airframe began in Glen Ellyn in July of 2001.
  • Fabrication and assembly of the of the engine began in August of 2002.
  • The Replica Flyer received a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration as an Experimental Exhibition Aircraft in March 2002.
  • The first flight of the Spirit of Glen Ellyn took place on April 27, 2003.
  • Where?
  • The Replica Flyer began construction in Glen Ellyn at Miller Woodworking.
  • In August of 2002, the Flyer was moved to Packer Wings hangar at Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook, IL where assembly continued and testing began.
  • The initial flights have all taken place at Clow.
  • The official 100th Anniversary observance flight will take place on the lawn of the MSI, September 20 and 21, 2003
  • After the Spirit of Glen Ellyn has finished its exhibition flights it will be turned over to MSI for exhibition in the transportation collection.
  • Why?
  • The project is designed to honor the 100th anniversary of the first heavier-than-air, powered and controlled flight.
  • How?
  • WRA is an all-volunteer organization, consisting of approximately nine consistant individuals and many others, that has accomplished its goals using only weekend and after work time.
  • WRA, with support and resources of MSI and Packer Engineering, raised private funds and secured donations of materials, expertise and time to build and fly the 1903 Wright Flyer.
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