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Wright Flyer III Replica Crashes

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

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A replica of the Wright Flyer III, the third powered aircraft built by the Wright brothers, crashed during a practice flight at Huffman Prairie Field yesterday morning, injuring pilot Mark Dusenberry. The field is on and owned by Wright-Patterson AFB, but within the park’s legislative boundary. The pilot was practicing for a re-enactment flight that was to take place this weekend on the 104th anniversary of flight, which is October 5th. Dusenberry crashed the same plane two years ago. The plane went down on its second practice flight of the day. It had been in the air for 19 seconds when it started making noises, which is not unusual for the plane. The plane then took a nose dive and hit the ground hard. Dusenberry was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries. The Wright Flyer III is the third powered aircraft built by the Wright Brothers. Orville Wright made the first flight with it on June 23, 1905.



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