In Depth: The Engine
Odyssey Creation Exhibition and Exile Return Restoration
After the Flood

The Flyer's return to Dayton was less than heroic. Although salvaged and stored in their backyard shed, it was virtually forgotten by the Wrights. Only long after their worldwide success did the Flyer re-emerge. And only when the rest of the world asked for it.

The Wright Story
broken engineWhere's the rest of the Flyer?
Education Feature: Wing Warping on trial?
Oddity and Outcast
Thirteen years after its last flight, the Flyer began its second career: as an exhibit object. It was met with both veneration and controversy. Thanks to one word on a museum wall, its next years ended with its exile to England.
The Flood The Flood: In May 1913, the Miami River flooded Dayton, including the Wright home, and the storage shed containing the remains of the Flyer.
Flyer on exhibit On Exhibit: From MIT to the Pan-American Expo and back to Dayton, the Flyer began to attract attention.
The trial On Trial: The machine played a pivotal role in the epic patent lawsuits which had consumed so much of the Wrights' lives.
In Exile In Exile: The long-standing disagreement between Orville and the Smithsonian finally came to a head and the machine left the U.S. to be appreciated in England, its return date unknown.

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