Wright Brothers plane replica.

Full-Size Steel Replica of the First Airplane

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Daytona Beach, Florida

We'd read in a 1991 tourism brochure that the propellers on this Wright Brothers replica plane turned -- by electric power. If they ever did, however, they aren't doing so now. Built in 1990 out of supposedly stainless steel, the 40-ft. wingspan plane appears to be rusting in spots. It's actually more than a replica; it's a life-size diorama that recreates the instant the first airplane became airborne at Ktty Hawk, NC in 1903. Orville Wright is at the controls, Wilbur watches.

The scene was a tribute suggested by the students of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), the flying school on whose grounds it stands. The school gets into the act with a display of giant letters spelling out "E-R-A-U" hulking nearby, reminding us of the kind of runway hazard that could get a flying machine straight onto the Folly of Flight blooper reel.

Wright Brothers plane replica.

The sculpture is by artist Larry Godwin, who also captured the first attempted flight of the car bumper rooster.

Full-Size Steel Replica of the First Airplane

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. From FL-483/S. Clyde Morris Blvd turn east at the stoplight into the main campus entrance. As you drive in you'll see the replica straight ahead. Parking spots for visitors will also be straight ahead, to the right.
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