Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2003 Issue

May 19, Midland, Va. / Virginia Aviation Wright Model B

At about 2020 eastern time, an experimental Wright Model B struck trees while maneuvering at Horse Feathers Airport. The pilot suffered serious injuries. The airplane was an exact replica of the original Wright Model B, produced by the Wright Brothers. The airplane was undergoing a series of high speed taxi tests and was experiencing “serious” directional stability problems. While taxiing, the airplane suddenly became airborne and the pilot was not sure if he could land the airplane in the space remaining. However, he elected to maneuver for a landing attempt, but was unable to effectively control the airplane....

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