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High Winds Take Wright Replica On Unexpected Final Flight

Posted May 27, 2003 8:07 a.m. EDT

— The 11-day Festival of Flight wrapped up with a parade through downtown Fayetteville Monday.

Hundreds of people lined downtown streets to pay tribute to service men and women.

The 82nd Airborne Division chorus kept parade-goers in tune from the ground, and from the sky, the Air Force provided a powerful display.

A replica of the Wright brother's plane used at Kitty Hawktook an unexpected flight early Monday. A morning storm whipped up winds and sent the plane 150 feet over a fence, just missing Highway 301.

Sunday, visitors to the Festival of Flight saw another replica finally made it off the ground. The plane flew about 150 feet -- a major accomplishment considering the unsuccessful attempts earlier in the week.

Thousands celebrated flight Sunday in Fayetteville.

The Thunderbirds put on a show at Pope Air Force Base. At times, the super-quick jets were just 18 inches apart from each other.

An estimated 50,000 people came to Sunday's airshow -- the final one of the nearly two-week long festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of flight.