Smithsonian Wright Flyer Kite
Go Fly a Kite: This One! Aloft in the sky or suspended from a ceiling, this magnificent 3D replica kite of the Wright Flyer Biplane celebrates the first sustained and piloted flight of a heavier-than-air machine. The unique construction and realistic flight appearance of this Wright Flyer Airplane Kite is an original design by renowned kite artist Joel Scholz. Ripstop polyester with fiberglass kite frame
Winder and 200 feet of 37 pound test line included. Wind range: 8-18 mph.
Removed temporarily from its place of honor in Milestones of Flight, the 1903 Wright Flyer, the world’s first successful airplane, serves as the centerpiece of this exhibition, which celebrates the centennial of the Wright brothers’ historic flights. For the first time, the airplane is being displayed on the floor, so you can get a close-up, eye-level look at the historic craft that ushered in the age of flight. The first part of this exhibition tells the story of how Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane—who they were, how they worked, and what they accomplished. The second part shows how their monumental achievement affected the world in the decade that followed, when people everywhere became fascinated with flight. This exhibition is on view in Gallery 209 of the National Air and Space Museum.