Wright ‘B’ Flyer takes flight

Pilots Rich Stepler and Don Stroud in the Wright "B" Flyer No. 001

Pilots Rich Stepler and Don Stroud in the Wright "B" Flyer No. 001

Photograph Timothy Gaffney has been busy in San Antonio, documenting the build-up to the March 2 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first military flight at Fort Sam Houston. The Wright “B” Foundation sent two of its airplanes to participate in the celebrations. Wright “B” Flyer No. 001 took flight yesterday and Gaffney caught the flight from beginning to end. Enjoy all his photos.

Rich Stepler (in right seat) and Don Stroud prepare to test fly Wright "B" Flyer No. 001 on Stinson Airport in San Antonio in preparation for today's Military Flight Centennial.

Rich Stepler (in right seat) and Don Stroud prepare to test fly Wright "B" Flyer No. 001 on Stinson Airport in San Antonio in preparation for today's Military Flight Centennial.

Don Stroud and Rich Stepler fire up Wright "B" Flyer No. 001 for its test flight at Stinson Airport in San Antonio, TX in preparation for tomorrow's Military Flight Centennial. WBF Operations Director Phil Beaudoin is in red jacket; crew chief Joe Tyler at right.

Don Stroud and Rich Stepler fire up Wright "B" Flyer No. 001. Wright "B" Flyer Operations Director Phil Beaudoin is in red jacket; crew chief Joe Tyler at right.

Lift off!

Lift off!

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Landing on the numbers

Landing on the numbers

For more information: Wright-B-Flyer.org

Comments

  1. You know it’s a shame that that Dayton and the state of Ohio dosen’t do more to promote Aviation. We took two airplanes to San Antonio last week for the 100th Anniversary of the 1st military flight. And we had little to no coverage by the area newspaper or TV stations. There more intent on violance or our wantabe President. San Antonio open its door to us and made sure we had a super time while we were there. We never come close to that in the Dayton area. Dayto better wake up, there is a lot of aviation history here that they should be proud of and promote it better than they have in the past.

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