Do you remember the movie “The Final Countdown” where a nuclear aircraft carrier gets caught in a storm and winds up near Pearl Harbor just hours before Japan bombs it in a day that will live in infamy? No? Go watch it then come back.
OK, this is nothing like that. Back in 1999 a model of the Wright Flyer was tested in the 40×80 ft. wind tunnel at NASA’s Ames Research Center. The model, built by students and members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, was built according to plans supplied by the Smithsonian Institute for the original Wright Flyer. NASA engineers then studied the flight characteristics of the plane at speeds up to 30 mph.
Now how cool is that?