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Flight Controls
Flight Controls
The controls on the Wright Flyer were essentially the same as those on the 1902 glider. A hip cradle, now padded, worked the wing-warping and coupled rudder. A simple wooden lever held in the left hand controlled the elevator.
Wright Flyer Flight Controls and Instruments
Flight controls and instruments
A small complement of instruments recorded flight data. A Richard anemometer and a stopwatch were mounted on the front strut to the pilot’s right. They recorded distance through the air in meters and the duration of the flight, readings from which airspeed could be calculated. A Veedor revolution counter was mounted at the base of the engine to record engine revolution.
The instruments were arranged so all could be turned off, along with the engine, the instant the flight was over by a single movement of a wooden lever mounted on the lower wing.
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Photo of Stopwatch

The Wrights used this stopwatch to time the Kitty Hawk flights.
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