Scale model flight canceled

December 18, 2003|By William Patalon III

There are forces even stronger than history - including Mother Nature.

Yesterday's weather forced the cancellation of the planned flight of a radio-controlled scale model of the 1903 Wright Flyer, the world's first powered airplane, that my father and I had constructed over the past several months (as reported in yesterday's Sun).

Just like those hoping to re-enact the Wright Brothers' first flight with a full-size version in Kitty Hawk, N.C., yesterday, we'd hoped to fly it at the precise day and time they had made their flight 100 years ago.

But at 10:35 a.m., it was too breezy and raining too hard to make the attempt without putting our fragile, 1/10th scale model of balsa and tissue paper in substantial jeopardy.

Thus, like the folks at Kitty Hawk, we postponed our flight at a Baltimore County model flying field until 2 p.m. But by then, it had started to snow.

So, just like the big-time re-enactors down south, we never got off the ground yesterday. We've returned our Flyer to its "hangar," my dad's basement workshop, with hopes of celebrating the Wrights' achievement another day.

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