| The completed Flyer beside the camp sheds.|
On October 15th, the first of a succession of storms hit the Outer Banks, repeatedly damaging their buildings and causing a lake to circle their camp. The mosquitoes returned so thick that, as Orville wrote, "They turned day into night." When it was not raining, there was punishing heat. Through it all, the Wrights continued to work on their Flyer_- first completing construction of the frame, then placing the engine and propellers into the craft. On November 5th, the _Flyer was ready for ground testing, but disaster struck. The engine sprockets could not be tightened; the magneto failed to provide a sufficient spark; vibrations from the engine damaged the propeller shafts. Disheartened, they sent the shafts back to Dayton, so Charlie Taylor could repair them.