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Media Alert: Wright ‘B’ Flyer Debut Event at NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention

Wright Brothers’ Great-Grandniece to Be On Hand With ‘Silver Bird’

Contact: Patrick Dunne at (202) 280-0745 or [email protected]

ORLANDO, FL, October 7, 2008 – The newest addition to Wright “B” Flyer Inc.’s fleet of historic lookalike aircraft will make its public debut at 3:00 p.m. today at booth 3104 at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL.

Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright and trustee of Wright “B” Flyer, Inc., will be on hand to talk about the new flyer dubbed the “Silver Bird.”

Nicknamed for its metal skeleton, the Silver Bird will be on static display inside the Orange County Convention Center for the duration of this year’s show.

“This was the plane that really introduced the country to aviation,” Wright Lane said. “It not only circled the Statue of Liberty, but was flown at air shows across the country and gave people their first glimpse of what was possible with aviation.”

More than 30 volunteers helped to build the Silver Bird for over a year. “They want other generations to understand the love of flying, and they spend hours each day on the flyer to hopefully pass that thrill on to the next generation,” Wright Lane said.

NBAA contributed to the shipping costs and provided floor space for the Dayton nonprofit to proudly display the Silver Bird inside the convention center.

Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane in their West Dayton bicycle shop at the turn of the 20 th Century and formed the Wright Company in 1909 to produce military and civilian airplanes. The “B” model was the first one they produced in quantity, with more than 100 built from 1910 on.

The Silver Bird is a flyable airplane that can be shipped anywhere in the world for exhibitions, and it is expected to make its first test flight in early 2009.

What: Wright “B” Flyer debut featuring Amanda Wright Lane and reps from Wright “B” Flyer Inc. and the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Where: Booth 3104, near the NBAA booth at the South Concourse.

When: 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 7.

For more information, visit the Wright “B” Flyer booth or contact NBAA’s Patrick Dunne, communications manager, at (202) 280-0745 or [email protected].

For complete coverage of NBAA2008 visit www.nbaa.org/2008.

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