Kevin Kochersberger, the pilot who flew an exact replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer built for the Centennial of Flight observances in 2003, outlined his recollections of the four-year project during a presentation March 8 at NASA Dryden. Kochersberger, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester, credited the systemic approach of the Wright brothers to numerous aerodynamic, control and propulsion issues to their success in achieving the first successful powered flight on Dec. 17, 1903. Kochersberger, who has written numerous papers on the engineering achievements of the Wright brothers, flew the Wright Flyer replica on two short test hops in late 2003.
(NASA Dryden photo by Tom Tschida)
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