The Wright brothers got it right. When these talented bicycle mechanics set out to build the world's first motor-driven, heavier-than-air airplane, they needed wings that could provide enough lift, yet be light and strong. They went with a biplane design, seen in early hang gliders. Biplanes have two fixed wings, one on top of the other, connected with supporting struts; the bracing permits a lighter wing structure. Advances in aviation technology and materials made the biplane obsolete by the late 1930s, however, biplanes remain a fixture and fan favorite at airshows to this day.
Model Size: 6 x 5.1 x 3.1 in
Package size: 8.3 x 3.6 x 0.8 in
Number of parts: 84
Assembly Time: 2 hours
Recommended Age: 8+