1902 Wright Glider Experience
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Fly a reproduction 1902 Wright Glider!
Looking to make history while you’re on the Outer Banks? Fly a reproduction of the Wright Brothers’ 1902 Glider! This replica was built by the Wright Experience and is one of a few in existence and the only one of its kind available for the public to fly. The 1902 Wright Glider replica is museum quality and allows participants to experience exactly what the Wright Brothers felt as they prepared for their historic flight of the first powered plane in 1903. Your 5 flights over the Dunes will be just like the Wright Brothers, and you’ll be one of the few in the world to ever fly this glider just as the Wright Brothers did (even at the same location) over 100 years ago!
The Wright Glider Experience is available all year! The more consistent winds of the Fall, Winter and Spring typically offer the best conditions for flying, so we typically schedule Wright Glider Clinics throughout those months. If you’d like to book individually to fly the Wright Glider, check out our upcoming clinic dates . You can even book yourself online! If the clinic dates don’t work with your schedule, we can schedule custom dates for groups of 3 or more people, and the Wright Glider is a fantastic club or educational experience for larger groups of 5 or more.
About the Lesson
A normal flight will be 5-15 ft off the ground and about 50 yards in distance.
Wind conditions for lesson:
- 15-25 mph
- Flights will be tethered
- Glider orientation
After the flights, we encourage you to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial and walk the hallowed ground where the Wrights perfected their flying machine in 1902 and changed the world with their powered flights in 1903.
Weather and the Wright Glider
When the Wright Brothers flew the glider, they did so in up to 30 mph winds! We prefer 15-25 mph, which are conditions that are common for the Outer Banks but are sometimes difficult to predict accurately. Keep this in mind when scheduling your Wright Glider Experience because sometimes the winds may be more ideal a day before or after the date/clinic that you select. Understanding this we encourage you to keep a somewhat flexible schedule if you can, because the experience is worth it!