The Wright-Dunbar Visitor Center now has a full-size replica 1902 Wright glider in its main lobby. A donation of the WACO Aircraft Museum, the glider provides an excellent way for visitors to get a feel for the complex challenges that confronted the Wright brothers as they tried to figure out how to balance and control an aircraft.
This replica 1902 glider, constructed by Jerry Beech, Howard DuFour, Jay Phipps and Jack Ohmart, was displayed at the WACO (Waco Aircraft Company) Aircraft Museum in Troy, Ohio, from 2004 until this past December before finding a home at Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP.
In 1902 and 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright tested their third glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. They used the new craft to test rudder and wing surface designs and to practice their piloting skills. They flew hundreds of flights in the original glider, the longest lasting 26 seconds and covering 622.5 feet .