High Winds Take Wright Replica On Unexpected Final Flight
Posted May 27, 2003 8:07 a.m. EDT
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — 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.