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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 May, 2003, 10:19 GMT 11:19 UK
The Flyer returns to its routes
The Flyer
The Wright brothers test their plane 'The Flyer'

An authentic replica of the first powered aircraft - The Wright Flyer - is returning to the Yorkshire Air Museum.

The replica, one of only two in the country, has undergone a complete rebuild following acquisition by the Yorkshire Air Museum, at Elvington, in 1999.

It had been on display in the Corn Exchange, Leeds, since 1991.

The craft returns to Elvington on Monday 12 May and will be officially unveiled to the public on Sunday 8 June as part of the museum's 100 Years of Flight celebration.

It was back on 17 December 1903 that Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first sustained, controlled flights in a powered aircraft.

The Wright Brothers' flight followed the pioneering work of Yorkshireman Sir George Cayley, who worked on gilders in the 19th century.

The Yorkshire Air Museum is now the only place in the world with an authentic replica of the Cayley Glider (first built in 1852) and the Wright Flyer on display.

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