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New York EAA Chapters' 1903 Wright Flyer Dedicated

Wright Flyer Dedication
The Wright Flyer built by EAA New York Chapters on display at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY.

Wright Flyer Dedication
EAA Board member Alan Ritchie and Chapter 594's Mickey Carpenter at the dedication.

September 13, 2007 — Nearly a dozen New York State EAA chapters took center stage at the Gateway National Recreation Area's historic Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn last Saturday, September 8, as their joint project, a 1903 Wright Flyer replica, was officially handed over to the National Park Service. The project, originally conceived as a tribute for the 100th anniversary of powered flight in 2003, is now on permanent display at the historical facility, helping visitors there learn more about the world's first successful powered airplane.

"This was a remarkable undertaking," said EAA Board member Alan Ritchie, who was on hand at the dedication ceremony on behalf of EAA. "The chapter members did a very nice job - as good a reproduction as any I've seen. For kids as well as adults, their Flyer will provide a great perspective of the origins of flight."

Ritchie credited EAA Chapter 594's Michaelene "Mickey" Carpenter, who was the driving force to complete the project. "This was truly a labor of love and became a cause for her," he said.

Carpenter, who also spoke at the ceremony, thanked all those who participated in the project, including members from the following EAA chapters:

Chapter 3 (Westbury); 46 (Buffalo); 69 (Warwick); Ultralight 95 (Rochester); 294 (Utica); 353 (Glen Falls); 500 (Massena); 528 (Suffolk County); 594 (Long Island); 656 (Clarence); and 1070 (Cooperstown).

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