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It was the last Wright model to have an open-frame tail. The Model B was a dedicated two-seater with the pilot and a passenger sitting side-by-side on the leading edge of the lower wing.

Wright Flyer B "Silver Bird"

Design/Development

The Wright Model B was an early pusher biplane designed by the Wright brothers in the United States in 1910. It was the first of their designs to be built in quantity. Unlike the Model A, it featured a true elevator carried at the tail rather than at the front. It was the last Wright model to have an open-frame tail. The Model B was a dedicated two-seater with the pilot and a passenger sitting side-by-side on the leading edge of the lower wing.

 

Besides their civil market, the Wrights were able to sell aircraft to the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps (S.C. 3, 4, and 5) and to the United States Navy as hydroplanes (AH-4, -5-, and -6), in which services they were used as trainers. Furthermore, the Wrights were able to sell licenses to produce the aircraft domestically (to the Burgess Company and Curtis, which designated it Model F), as well as in Germany. The deal with Burgess was the first license-production of aircraft undertaken in the United States and most of the approximately one hundred Model Bs produced were actually built by Burgess. A modified Model B, redesignated Model EX (for Exhibition) achieved fame as the Vin Fiz Flyer, the first aircraft to cross the United States. Burgess also planned a refined version as the Model G, but this was never built.

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Wright "B" Flyer No. 002 (N453WB) was a slightly smaller flying look-alike known as "Silver Bird". The aircraft had modern aluminum tubing, ailerons, and a modern engine. It was designed to be easily disassembled for transport to airshows. "Silver Bird" was completed by the organization in October 2010 and began flight-testing at the Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport in Springfield, Ohio in June 2011. "Silver Bird" was lost in a crash on Saturday 30 July 2011 that resulted in the deaths of pilots Don Gum and Mitch Cary. Shortly before 11:00 AM the aircraft crashed into a muddy field near the Greene/Clark County line near Dayton, Ohio.

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Wright Flyer B "Silver Bird"

The Wright Model B was an early pusher biplane designed by the Wright brothers in the United States in 1910. It was the first of their designs to be built in quantity. Unlike the Model A, it featured a true elevator carried at the tail rather than at the front.

  • History

    Role Sports plane

    Manufacturer Wright Company

    First flight 1910

    Number built ca. 100

    Unit cost $5,000

  • General Info

    Crew: One pilot

    Capacity: one passenger

    Length: 26 ft 0 in (7.93 m)

    Wingspan: 39 ft 0 in (11.89 m)

    Height: 8 ft 9 in ( m)

    Empty weight: 800 lb (363 kg) / Gross weight: 1,250 lb (567 kg)

    Powerplant: 1 × Wright Vertical 4, 35 hp (26 kW)

  • Performance

    Performance

    Maximum speed: 45 mph (72 km/h)

    Cruise speed: 40 mph (64 km/h)

    Range: 110 miles (177 km)

     

Wright Flyer B "Silver Bird"

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It was the last Wright model to have an open-frame tail. The Model B was a dedicated two-seater with the pilot and a passenger sitting side-by-side on the leading edge of the lower wing.

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