Photos for October 14, 2003
Replica Flight is Successful

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Tuesday October 14, 2003 at Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook, Illinois, Wright Redux Association and Packer Engineering achieved their goal. The 1903 Wright Flyer Replica with replica engine took off from its launch rail and flew to a height of approximately 30 feet. Although the flight lasted about ten seconds, it was a successful flight of a fully replica airframe and engine. Weather conditions however, were such that the Flyer made a hard landing causing damage to wing ribs and undercarriage. Pilot Ken Kirincic was not injured. To quote Mark Miller "the damage looks worse than it really is."

The first three photos are are slight variations but depict the aircraft in flight during constantly changing weather conditions. Photos by Nataliya Dauksha of Packer Engineering.




  4. The crew gathers to assess the damage.

  5. Pilot Ken Kirincic and the "Spirit of Glen Ellyn."