Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Wing walkers John Kennedy (left) and Richard Holt help guide a replica Wright Model B as Don Gum taxies it on the Fort Sam Houston parade field in San Antonio, Texas. Alll three are members of Dayton, Ohio-based Wright "B" Flyer Inc., which brought two Wright Model B lookalikes to San Antonio to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Army Lt. Benjamin Foulois' first flight from the same field. It was the first solo military flight. Foulois' plane, Army Signal Corps No. 1, was a 1909 "A" model, which had canards and no wheels. The B Model came out in 1910. But Foulois made extensive modifications that essentially turned the airlane into a Model B. His airplane, restored to original configuration, hangs in the National Air and Space Museum. Gum only taxied this airplane on the parade field; WBF's flying lookalike made two passes overhead during the ceremony.Photo by Timothy R. Gaffney.
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