Galin Hernandez, one of the forces behind Puerto Rico Flyers, sent in this photo for our Year in Pictures issues in December. He explained: “KIS Cruiser N819PR sits on the ramp at First Flight Airport (KFFA) North Carolina. Flying in to where the Wright brothers first achieved powered flight is an item I finally crossed off my bucket list.” [Read more…]
A Korean activist claims that a military officer built an airplane a full 300 years before the Wright brothers, although none of the ancient plane or its design remains. “Korea is the origin of the flying aircraft. We should perfectly restore the plane to get recognition of it worldwide,” Kim Dong-min, chairman of the Jinju Bicha Restoration Commitee, was quoted in a story from the Yonhap News Agency. See the full story here, along with a photo of a model of the ancient aircraft.
DAYTON, Ohio — Air show performer Patty Wagstaff has added her voice to those urging the restoration of America’s first airplane factory — the Wright Company factory in Dayton. [Read more…]
DAYTON, Ohio — The Wright Company factory showed its potential to draw international travelers Wednesday, Sept. 28, when a group of 22 students from China and their chaperones toured the West Dayton buildings that launched America’s aviation industry.
The 17 students, ages 7 to 11, and five adults walked in the footsteps of Wilbur and Orville Wright as they explored two unrestored buildings off West Third Street at Abbey Avenue. Displays of a large scale model of a Wright airplane and historical photos helped them visualize the pioneering aircraft production that took place more than a century ago in the now-vacant buildings. [Read more…]
DAYTON, Ohio — The campaign to save the Wright brothers’ factory has won a new supporter — David McCullough.
The author of the best-selling book “The Wright Brothers” endorses the effort in a new video filmed inside the historic factory. You can see the video below. [Read more…]
By Tim Gaffney
OSHKOSH, Wis.— For one week in late July every year, flight enthusiasts from around the world gather for what’s billed as the world’s greatest aviation celebration — the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture convention and fly-in.
More than 500,000 visitors, including more than 2,000 from 80 foreign countries, flock to EAA’s headquarters at Wittman Regional Airport, many in their own planes. The field is covered by more more than 10,000 aircraft, ranging from garage-built sport planes to the mighty Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport jet.
Amidst the sprawl of aircraft, vendors’ booths and sponsors’ pavilions, a National Park Service exhibit reminds visitors that this vast and varied collection of flying machines has common roots in Dayton, Ohio. [Read more…]
DAYTON, Ohio — The Wright brothers’ factory should be preserved because its two buildings contain stories of importance to the world, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough said Tuesday, April 19, after touring the century-old factory.
They’re also symbolic of a time when industrial cities like Dayton took great pride in the products their workers turned out in mills and factories, said McCullough, whose book “The Wright Brothers” became a best seller and renewed interest in Wilbur and Orville since its release last year. [Read more…]
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…]