1907/1909 Wright Flyer Model A

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1907/1909 Wright Flyer Model A

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The Wight Model A was the world's first production airplane. The Wrights produced variations of this aircraft from 1907 to 1909. It was like the Flyer III, but longer and heavier, with a more powerful engine. The biggest difference, was that it could carry two people sitting upright on the leading edge of the wing. The brothers had devised a new control system with levers for wing warping, elevator, and rudder but Wilbur disliked it so. When he assembled a Model A for shipment to France, he replaced the controls with a system of his own devising.  The result was that Wright airplanes manufactured in Europe had a "Wilbur" control, while those made in America had an "Orville." For a short time, you could order Wright airplanes with either Wilbur or Orville controls. Wilbur first flew the Model A in 1908 in France and a second went to Italy where Wilbur demonstrated it 1909.  He flew a Model A at Governor's Island, New York for the New York Anniversary. Orville flew a Model A at Fort Myer in September of 1908. On 17 September 1908, he crashed this airplane killing his passenger, Lt. Thomas Selfridge. [Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company Virtual Museum]. Apart from the seven machines the Wrights built themselves in 1906–1907, they sold licences for production in Europe with the largest number of Model A’s produced in Germany by Flugmaschine Wright GmbH of Berlin, who built about 60. [Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany].

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