The 1903 Wright Flyer
Find out why the world's first controllable airplane was a bear to control.
- By Phaedra Hise
- Air & Space magazine, March 2003
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At the end of the flight, you land in the sand on the skids on the Flyer’s underside. Most landings break something on the airframe. No matter, the simple ash-and-spruce frame can be repaired much more easily than today’s aluminum or fiberglass fuselages. After a day in the shop, the Flyer will be ready for another few minutes of flight.