Aviation history lands at Rancho High School

LAS VEGAS - A replica Wright brothers airplane rolled into it's new home at Rancho High School Monday giving aviation students a unique opportunity to work on a piece of history.

Rancho High School Aviation Academy is the only aviation magnet program in the state. Now, the students -- future engineers and pilots --  have a chance to build, restore and bring a piece of aviation history to life.

"How many high school students can say I repaired a Wright flyer my junior year in high school? Nobody can say that," said Faith White, Rancho High School student.

The aviation academy students rolled piece after disassembled piece of a replica Wright flyer into the school lab.

The goal is not only, to put it back together, but to get it off the ground.

"It's a huge opportunity because I'm able to learn a lot  about planes and the engineering process of what we get to do and personally to be able to work on something that's a part of aviation history. It's amazing," said Thomas Dicks, class of 2018.

"It's always about opportunities and experiences and I couldn't ask for a better opportunity and experience being able to touch and feel and fix up this plane to it's original condition," said Rancho Principal James Kuzma. 

The Wright flyer, a replica of the famous aircraft that the Wright brothers first flew in 1903, is one of only six in the United States.

The flyer was first built in 2003 by Utah State University students and the Las Vegas Air Force Association helped bring the plane to Rancho.

The replica has some modern touches including a Harley engine and seatbelts. At one point. the aircraft did fly. It's something students believe will happen again.
 
"I believe we will get it flight worthy. That's Rancho standard does not go low at all."

Students plan to have the Wright flyer fully complete in time for aviation nation in November. Then it will find it's permanent home in the lobby at Rancho High School.

 


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