Construction Boss: Dale Johnson, Mn Aviation Hall of Fame
Website By: S. Steve Adkins
Wing Warping Rigging Expert
|The 1903 Wright Flyer ... Lysdale Historical Hangar
Circa May 2009
| Lysdale hangar.
Open seven days a week, there are
many historic items on display. Among the items was a 1929 Hamilton
H-47 airplane. The 4-year restoration was completed by Jack Lysdale. We
also saw early Northwest Airlines memorabilia. A full size replica of
the Wright Brother's "Wright Flyer" is also on display. That part of
the hangar houses the Minnesota Museum of Aviation and the Minnesota
Aviation Hall of Fame.
Jack Lysdale was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004.
For more information about Minnesota Aviation history, read a book by Noel Allard, Minnesota Aviation History
PhotoBucket ... I took a series of photos of the elevator; plus, video of the elevator in motion in response to a model builder's requested for help. Also, another small model is captured hanging from the ceiling.
Welcome to the South St. Paul Fleming Field Airport
If you are flying in ... more information
How does the Wright Flyer fit into the total history of Aviation?
Student Ashley M.
of the W.B. Goodwin Community Center
Springfield, Pennsylvania suggests that you visit:
"Great American Adventurers: The Wright Brothers and the Airplane"
Here is a replica of the Wright Flyer
engine that is in Virginia
The original was built by Charles Taylor in 6 weeks!
To learn more how the Wright Brothers built the 1903 Wright Flyer and engine in such a short time ... two great books:
The Published Writings of Wilbur & Orville Wright
by Rick Young
The Wright Brothers Mechanician
By H. R. DuFour
Engine built by Udo Joerges
Bare Engine Replica - EAA, Oshkosh
Bare Engine Replica - San Diego
Mounted with Twin Props, Ft. Myer
Cutaway Models with motion
Model - Open Case at Kitty Hawk
Model - Better view at Kitty Hawk
Model - Better yet!!
V12 Miniature Model Engine
... by Ralf Drendel, Germany
OK, nothing to do with the 1903 Flyer,
.... but I couldn't resist.
Director's Cut - Better View - No Ad
excellent close-up video.
The two books in the left column are a must buy for those with a serious interest in the 1903 Flyer
Rick Young's book would have really helped when we built the Wright Flyer
DuFour's book on Charles E. Taylor is also very helpful
Price paid is
|Note: slow to load on first visit
At rear of photo, note wing tip counter movement
Wright Flyer ... during on of its many moves:
[Note: the above link takes you to an index, use "arrow back" to return to this page.]
The Wright Flyer was moved to the American Wings museum but now resides in its final home at Lysdale on Fleming Field. The first public display was during D.A.D, Discover Aviation Day. Other displays of the 1903 Wright Flying include the Mall of America. Our 1903 Flyer shares space with many restored aircraft from the past.
Note the white gloves in the photos. The moves generally resulted in some damage. About 14 people were required to lift the aircraft onto a special wheeled dolly. After wheeling the craft to the truck, the same crew would lift and roll the aircraft onto the truck. Due to the extremely long wing, a level, straight shot was required.
regarding construction details
This website was created to celebrate the first flight 100 years ago. Rubber powered model flights date back more than 100 years and inspired the Wright Brothers to tackle the challenge of powered flight. Read the story at this link:
|Project Team and Contacts||
|A fire at 4:00 A.M., 3/10/2003,
damage to two wing segments of the Wright Flyer. Both the upper
lower right wing segments had most of the fabric covering burned off
some damage to ribs and spars. One rib was burned through and a
bow was burned through. Also, a fireman tripped over the rear
structure breaking one of the lower struts. The fire was doused
by the firemen ripping the fabric off of the Flyer and tossing the
burning fabric into the snow outside the hangar. Very resourceful
... eliminating any water damage.
Repairs were completed quickly. A few ribs were repaired or replace and Dale Johnson sewed two more wing envelopes out of the limited remaining supply of muslin fabric.