Category Archive for: ‘Soaring 100’

Soaring 100 -1911 Glider building

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Soaring 100 Sponsors

Soaring 100 Sponsors

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Simine Short

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Simine Short is an aviation researcher and historian. She has written more than 100 articles on the history of motorless flight and is published in the United States and Europe. Her recently released book, “Locomotive to Aeromotive. Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution” is available in multiple outlets, online, publisher’s website, and the gift shop at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. In her …

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WWII Glider Pilot - Still Soaring

WWII Glider Pilot Still Soaring

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Lt. Col. (RET) Al Hulstruck of the US Army WWII Glider Pilots, Silent Wings, joins Soaring 100 with an exhibit that he personally funded, built, and shares with aviation enthusiasts, historians, and the public. Hultruck has the distinction of serving as a US Army Glider Pilot with a Signal Corps Special Operations Group during WWII.  Flight missions included the Normandy Invasion.  …

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Wright Brothers National Memorial - The Exhibits - Glider Replica

Comparing Ribs

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Rick Young, 1911 Glider reproduction builder for Soaring 100 Exhibit and First Flight Foundation Director, visits Flight Room at Wright Brothers National Memorial.  Notice the difference in the curvature of the rib for the Wright 1902 Glider on display at Wright Brothers and the prototype rib for the 1911 Glider.  The one-piece steam bent ribs of the 1902 Glider have straightened out …

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Russell E. Lee

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Lee earned a Master’s Degree in American History from George Mason University. He recently published a biography on Reimar Horten, titled Only the Wing: Reimar Horten’s Epic Quest to Stablize and Control the All-Wing Aircraft. Lee has flown a variety of single-engine and motor- less aircraft since earning a private pilots’ license in 1979.

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Peter L. Jakab, Ph.D.

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Jakab holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University. He has been with NASM since 1983. In addition to his position in curatorial affairs, Jakab also serves as a Curator of Aeronautics at the museum. Jakab’s areas of specialization include the history of technology, aerospace history, and American social and cultural history. Prior museum work includes stays at the Edison National …

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Mr. Harry B. Combs

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Harry Combs’ Gift Brings the Flyer Home Harry Combs’ Gift Brings the Flyer Home Thanks to the generosity of Harry B. Combs, a full-scale, authentic reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer will become a permanent exhibit at Wright Brothers National Memorial. Combs, noted pilot, author and former president of Gates Learjet Corporation, donated the accurate Flyer reproduction as a gift …

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Wolf Aviation Fund

Wolf Aviation Fund

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Kitty Hawk, NC    The First Flight Foundation is a 2011 recipient of the Wolf Aviation Fund for Soaring 100, which commemorates the international centennial celebration of Orville Wright’s world record glider flight of October 24, 1911. The public event will be held at Wright Brothers National Memorial and Jockey’s Ridge State Park (JRSP) on the Outer Banks of NC October 21-24. …

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Hangliding Outer Banks

Paul Dees

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Paul Dees had his first soaring flight in a hang glider in 1984 on the California coast, ten years after his first attempt to fly a homebuilt bamboo hang glider.  He was a basic instructor at Kitty Hawk Kites prior to earning his MS in Aeronautical Engineering. It was a challenge leaving the Outer Banks to start graduate school, but this did …

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