Photo of Wright B Flyer's Valentine Flyer being unloaded from shipping container.
This 2013 photo of the non-flying Valentine Flyer shows how the new Wright “B” Flyer lookalike will fit into a standard shipping container. (Photo: Timothy R. Gaffney)

Donation moves Wright B Flyer closer to new plane

In NAHA News, The Wright B Flyer /

NEWS
For Immediate Release
March 30, 2015
Contact: Jay Jabour, president
Office: (937) 885-2327 Cell: (937) 479-0548
wbflyer@dayton.net

NOTE TO EDITORS: A high-resolution copy of the photo with this story is available here. Photos of the Wright “B” Flyer are available upon request. Contact Tim Gaffney at timothyrgaffney@gmail.com or (937) 219-8277.

MIAMISBURG, Ohio—When Wright “B” Flyer Inc. takes its one-of-a-kind airplane to AirVenture 2015 in July, it will take more than filing a flight plan.

The Wright “B” Flyer, a modern lookalike of the Wright brothers’ first production airplane, has short range and is tiring to fly. Instead, the nonprofit organization’s volunteers will laboriously disassemble the 3,400-pound biplane, carefully load it into a custom trailer and have it hauled overland to Oshkosh—where the same scenario will play out in reverse to put it together and fly it.

Transporting the next-generation Wright “B” Flyer will be a much simpler affair. The organization is designing another one-of-kind flyer, this one designed for easy disassembly and scaled to fit in a standard shipping container that will allow the nonprofit to show and display the airplane worldwide.

Wright “B” Flyer Inc. has received more than $100,000 towards its $300,000 fundraising goal for the project, with a challenge grant to match up to another $50,000. The fundraising campaign recently advanced with the donation of a steel container by Benedict Tractor and Containers Inc. (BEI) of Monroe, Ohio. Wright “B” Flyer estimates the donation saved it more than $4,000.

“This container is exactly what we will need to represent America’s aviation heritage across the country and overseas. We’re extremely grateful for BEI’s support,” Wright “B” Flyer President William J. “Jay” Jabour said.

Like the current “B”, the new airplane will resemble the original, 1910-era Wright Model B Flyer, but it will use modern materials and meet modern safety standards. It will be built at the original Wright Company factory in Dayton with support from the National Aviation Heritage Alliance and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). The factory is where the Wright brothers produced the first Model B flyers more than a century ago, launching America’s aviation industry.

In addition to the shipping container, Wright “B” Flyer’s “wish list” includes an engine, instruments, materials, tools, professional services and volunteers.

About Wright “B” Flyer Inc.
Wright “B” Flyer Inc. is an all-volunteer, 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation that promotes Dayton’s aviation heritage by flying and displaying lookalikes of Wright Model B airplanes. It is based on Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Ohio, where its hangar-museum is open to the public at no charge from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please visit www.wright-b-flyer.org for more information.