The President’s 2016 fiscal budget will include $450,000 for the National Park Service to acquire the original Wright brothers factory buildings in Dayton, Ohio.
For those who love general aviation, as well as history, a visit to the National Aviation Heritage Area in Ohio is a must.
The federally designated heritage area surrounds Dayton, the hometown of the Wright brothers. The eight-county area is chock-full of aviation sites, from the original Wright brothers’ bicycle shop, to Huffman Prairie, where the brothers perfected their flying skills, to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
What’s even better? Many of the sites are free, which means more money for avgas. [Read more…]
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio Senate stood with historians and scholars on Wednesday, Dec. 9, in passing a state resolution in which Ohio repudiates Connecticut for claiming the Wright brothers were not the first to fly.
Senators unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 8 (HCR 8), a measure that defends Ohio’s distinction as the “birthplace of aviation” and repudiates a claim made by state lawmakers in Connecticut who argued that their state deserved the title. [Read more…]
DAYTON, Ohio — Efforts to restore the historic Wright brothers’ airplane factory have taken a step forward with the inclusion of funding in Ohio’s capital budget bill.
After nearly a century in obscurity, America’s first airplane factory began to reappear in 2013 as demolition crews peeled away surrounding buildings in Dayton, Ohio.
The original Wright Company factory began to emerge [Read more…]
This spring, two Piper J3 Cubs will set out on a journey to the place where aviation began. It will be the first flight to Wright Brothers Airport via all of Ohio’s 88 counties and will honor the 75th anniversary of the airplane that taught nearly a half-million pilots to fly.
Joe Murray, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University, will pilot a Piper J3 Cub while Ron Siwik, a former U.S. military flight surgeon who served in Vietnam, will join the flight piloting a second Piper Cub.