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Replica of 1903 Flyer Dedication

A replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer, as true to the original as possible, now hangs in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library atrium.

It was dedicated to the memory of Wilkinson "Wick" Wright before a crowd surpassing 500 on September 6, 2001.

University Librarian Victoria A. Montavon opened the dedication program featuring guest speakers Dr. Kim Goldenberg, 1903 Flyer volunteer Josephine Elliott Lucas, Flyer project chief Howard DuFour, and Marion Davis Wright. Volunteers honored at the dedication along with Howard DuFour were: Jim Arehart, Rubin Battino, Jerry Beech, Dawne Dewey, Lawrence DuFour, Don Groves, Fred Hess, Virginia Hess, Bruce Hinkle, Hans Holztrager, Constance King, Josephine Elliott Lucas, Jack Murphy, Jack Ohmart, Jay Phipps, Darrell Sevy, Gloria Sgro, Gary Stitzel, Peter Unit, and Don Yeager.

The project was financed by a $25,000 grant. DuFour is a retired supervisor emeritus of WSU's Instrument Machine Shop and author of Charles E. Taylor: The Wright Brothers Mechanician, published in 1995.

Two plaques designed by Virginia Hess, one honoring Wilkinson "Wick" Wright and the other honoring the volunteers, hang on pillars flanking the airplane. All may be viewed during the Dunbar Library's open hours.

Dedication Image Gallery

Marion Davis Wright speaks next to the plaque honoring Wick Wright

Marion Davis Wright speaks next to the plaque honoring Wick Wright. The inscription reads: "This replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer is dedicated to Wilkinson 'Wick' Wright, 1922-1999, great nephew of Wilbur and Orville Wright, for his outstanding commitment to preserving the history of the Wright Brothers."

1903 Flyer hangs from the Dunbar Atrium

People gather under the newly dedicated 1903 Flyer.

Picture of the plaque honoring the volunteers

Picture of the plaque honoring the volunteers.