1911 Wright EX "Vin Fiz" Flyer
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1911 Wright Model EX Vin Fiz Flyer
One hundred years ago, a very small biplane changed our Nation. In the fall of 1911, one of the only two Wright Model EX airplanes ever built began a flight from Long Island, NY and finally ended four months later at Long Beach, CA to a cheering crowd of 10,000 people. Flown by Cal Rodgers, the airplane, dubbed the Vin Fiz (popular grape drink mfg that sponsored of the effort), became the first airplane ever to cross the United States.
The second Model EX was flown in 1911 and 1912 by two pilots from the Wright Exhibition Team, Philip Parmelee and Clifford Turpin. They crisscrossed the country — flying state fairs, offering rides on Venice Beach, even being deputized and chasing bandits from the sky, and appearing in an early Hollywood movie. They were pioneers of the air show as we know it today.
The Wright Experience has meticulously, and with absolute fidelity, recreated the Model EX as an airworthy, flyable reproduction. Its pedigree is flawless:
● The EX has been recreated as the Vin Fiz as it appeared when Cal Rodgers left New York for his cross-country flight, and was made from direct measurement of the original aircraft.
● The Vin Fiz markings and other decorations have been precisely reproduced, using a spectrum analysis of the original fabric and pigments.
● The finishes, fabric, airframe, and fittings have been reproduced as accurately as
possible following thousands of hours of primary source research and the
creation of fully detailed, accurate plans.