It may be just a replica and in today's modern technology one would think that it would be safer to fly than when the Wright brothers flew it but it is still a experimental piece of flying equipment. You can't even say it was a mode of transportation other than the pilots did travel but mainly for their work...experimentation etc. Approximately a year ago one of the Flyer's, yes, there is more than one, crashed killing both pilot and co-pilot. I'm not sure what the cause was but I'm sure something was discovered. The two pilots were the main fliers of this aircraft with many hours behind the stick. It was used at many of the festivals around the area and anything that takes place at Wright Patterson AFB.
These were taken as flew over my house when returning from the start of the Air Force Marathon. I missed it when it was going to the event, however, when I heard it coming back I knew I had time to get my camera as it was flying into a pretty good head wind.