A very authentic replica of the first ever plane built in Douglas is on display this month at the Douglas Government Center on G Ave.
Arizona Author/Historian Arvin Schultz and designer Richard Ivansek have been working on the project for over a year.
They were in Douglas several months ago asking for the publics help as far as providing pictures or information on the glider.
In the original article that appeared in the Douglas Dispatch Schultz said Douglas played a very important role in the history of aviation.
“In 1908 there was a group of eight to nine different people in town known as the Douglas flying club. … together these people built what is known today as the Douglas Glider,” Schultz said
The first phase had no motor or wheels and was pulled by horses running down 15th Street between A and Washington Ave. Once it would get airborne, it would break free from the harness that attached it to the horses and fly for several minutes before coming back down, landing on its skids.
According to local history people would pay money to watch this event.
Later on a motor and wheels were added to the glider making it an actual plane known as the Douglas flyer. It was then converted into the Douglas Bomber and used in the Border war from 1910-20.
The glider is an estimated 20 feet long and has a wing span of 28 and a half feet at the top; 24 and a half feet at the bottom.
It is made mostly of rattan and bamboo.
The glider is actually flyable but neither Schultz nor Ivansek are willing to take a chance on damaging something that has taken months to build.
There will be a special reception held Wednesday, April 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. where people can view the glider and meet the two men who helped design and build it.
The exhibit itself will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.