Ohio gives Connecticut a history lesson

DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is donating aviation history books to the Connecticut State Library in honor of National Aviation Day Aug. 19.

NAHA is donating one copy each of “The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright,” by Tom D. Crouch; “Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention,” by Peter Jakab, and “The Wright Brothers,” by David McCullough.

NAHA is making the donation to improve Connecticut lawmakers’ access to sound historical information and timed it to coincide with the day the federal government observes as America’s aviation day, said Frank Winslow, chairman of NAHA’s board of trustees. [Read more…]

Flight training the Wright way

The Wright Flyer

The Wright brothers are well known as scientists, inventors, builders and flyers — and they became international celebrities in 1909 with record-setting flights in Europe and America.

Less well known were their efforts as flight instructors and flight school creators. They began flight instruction in Europe. Later back home, they trained aviators for their exhibition team, for the military and, as interest in aviation grew, they opened flight schools for civilian pilots. [Read more…]

Search unearths story of Wright factory seamstress

Theodore Clark of Beavercreek holds a photo of his first cousin twice removed, Wright Company employee Ida Holdgreve, at Wright State University Special Collections and Archives.

DAYTON, Ohio — An effort to gather the stories of Wright Company factory workers has uncovered information about one of the first women in the world to work in the aircraft industry.

Ida Holdgreve, born in Delphos, Ohio in 1881, worked as a seamstress for the Wright Company in Dayton from 1910 to about 1915, according to information provided by a distant cousin. She sewed the surfaces for the company’s wood-and-fabric airplanes. The job made Holdgreve a pioneer aircraft manufacturing worker in the first American factory built for the purpose of producing airplanes. She and her co-workers were the first Americans hired and trained for specialized aircraft manufacturing jobs.

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New book prompts search for Wright factory workers’ descendants


DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) will use the launch of a new book about the Wright brothers to connect with descendants of the Wright Company’s factory workers.

NAHA is inviting descendants of men and women who worked in one of the two factory buildings to attend the launch of the new book by Timothy R. Gaffney, The Dayton Flight Factory, at Books and Co. at the Greene at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.

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National Air and Space Museum marks anniversary of first flight


On Dec. 17, 2003, America looked back a century to celebrate the first successful flight of a powered airplane. Ten years after the Centennial of Flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s achievement at Kitty Hawk is still inspiring creativity and provoking discussion. In time for this year’s anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is focusing a spotlight on its updated exhibition, “The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age.”

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