TUESDAY, MAY 4
DISCOVERING THE SECRETS OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS
Ken Hyde formed The Wright Experience to discover and
preserve the secrets of the Wright Brothers, hoping to inspire
future generations. Hyde and his team did extensive research that
led them to build, test and fly accurate reproductions of the
Wright Brothers gliders and 1903 Flyer.
Ken Hyde, Terry Queijo and Kevin Kochersberger, The Wright
Experience, will speak on "Discovering the Secrets of the Wright
Brothers " at a colloquium at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at NASA
Langley's H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.
Media Briefing: A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. at
the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., NASA Langley
Research Center. Members of the media who wish to attend should
contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885 or 344-8611 (mobile) to
arrange for credentials.
Hyde, Queijo and Kochersberger will discuss pilot training from
their experiences using gliders, simulators and modifications to
the 1902 glider. Also, they will share the challenges of piloting
the 1903 Flyer, review flight data and show videos from the
historic flights at Kitty Hawk. The team will describe the
significant support they received from local Hampton groups and
share their future plans.
Hyde's passion for aviation came at an early age, earning both
his pilot's and mechanics' licenses while still in high school. A
former American Airlines pilot for 33 years, he founded Virginia
Aviation, an antique aircraft restoration company, which has gained
national attention. In 1992, he formed The Wright
Experience, which was commissioned to build a replica of the
Wright Flyer and to fly it on December 17, 2003 at, Kitty Hawk.
Queijo became an avid skydiver while in college at Virginia Tech
and started her career in aviation by flying skydivers. She was
hired by American Airlines in 1985 and made aviation history by
copiloting the first all female flight crew for American in 1987.
By 1991, she achieved Captain status and today she pilots Boeing
767 and 757s. Queijo was chosen as one of the pilots to fly the
Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk.
Kochersberger is an active glider and power pilot with 1,500
hours logged. He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from
Virginia Tech and is an associate professor of Mechanical
Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He joined
The Wright Experience to conduct an in-depth analysis of the
Wright aircraft. He assisted in the wind tunnel tests of Wright
aircraft at the Langley Full-Scale Tunnel and in the development of
the simulator used for pilot training. Kochersberger successfully
flew the 1903 flyer twice at Kitty Hawk.