The National Aerospace Library has just taken delivery of a model of the Wright Flyer. The 1/20th scale model was built in 2003 by David Baxter as part of the centenary celebrations of the Wright Brothers historic flight. The model is an accurate depiction of the aircraft with which Orville Wright made the first manned powered flight in 1903. The detail on the model is so defined it includes 76 hand cut wing ribs and cotton thread on the trailing edge of the wings to simulate the wire cable used by the Wright brothers, library officials said.
The National Aerospace Library, based at Farnborough, England, houses an extensive collection of material devoted to the development of aeronautics, aviation, aircraft and aerospace technology dating from 1515 to present times. The model of the Wright Flyer is a valuable addition to the collection and will be of interest to anyone that wishes to see a detailed example of the world’s very first manned, heavier-than-air flying machine, library officials said.