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There are only two guys who have built more Wright brothers’ airplanes than Ken Hyde and his Wright Experience team: Orville and Wilbur. Hyde’s count so far is 21. They include all the gliders built between 1900 and 1911, three 1903 Flyers, the long-lost 1908 Fort Myer Flyer, and four 1911 Model Bs (one with an original Wright engine).

While most of the airplanes Hyde has built belong to museums around the country, seven of them still reside in his shop in Warrenton, Virginia. He’s hoping to find a museum to buy the airplanes and a second original engine (serial number 59), built in 1911 by Wright mechanic Charles Taylor himself.

Read the article in Air and Space Smithsonian.