Thursday, December 18, 2003
This is the Harry Combs replica. The guys on the Wright Experience
Team, (the ones that attempted the flight), suggested that we walk up
and take a look at this one. They said their replica was a little worn
from all of the flying and that this one was a pristine replica. We
actually felt the Wright Experience Replica was probably more like what
the Wright Brother's plane looked like after all of its flights.
Actually, as you can see in the photo below, the Wright Experience
Replica is quite beautiful. We told them that they had done a wonderful
job at demonstrating what a difficult thing the Wrights had
accomplished. Mr. Combs, now 80, is a significant figure in the
aviation field. He was president of Gates Learjet Corporation from 1971
to 1982 and commisioned this copy of the 1903 Flyer. The reproduction
was built with over $1 million donated by Combs. The plane was donated
by Mr. Combs to the Wright Memorial on December 17, 2003 and will be on
permanent display at the Visitor Center at the Wright Memorial.