WWII’s Memphis Belle gets wings restored

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For the first time in 14 years, one of the most iconic planes in American history has earned its wings.

Restorers have reattached the wings to the B-17F Memphis Belle, under restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force….
The Army Air Forces plane is set to make its debut among fabled aircraft inside the […]

How a winding set of innovations formed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was formed from Patterson and Wright fields on Jan. 13, 1948. To celebrate that anniversary, here are five things to know about the base’s history.
» WATCH IT GROW: Photos of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base through the years
1. The fields date back to the earliest days of flight. Wright-Patt’s land includes Huffman […]

WSU celebrating 50 anniversary

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FAIRBORN — Wright State University will celebrate 50 years of innovative leadership in affordable and accessible education throughout 2017.
The celebration includes the publication of a new book on the university’s history and events throughout out the year, culminating with a special Homecoming Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, featuring multiple affinity reunions, including one for the […]

Lessons that still fly

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Although it’s been more than a century since Wilbur and Orville Wright built and flew the world’s first successful airplane, their experience continues to influence and educate today’s entrepreneurs.
The importance of a good education is one of the lessons today’s entrepreneurs can learn from the Wright brothers, says Dean Alexander, superintendent of Dayton Aviation Heritage […]

Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony moving to Texas from Dayton

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE

In a break with decades of Dayton tradition, the National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony that brought astronauts, aviation pioneers and legends to the birthplace of aviation will move to Fort Worth, Texas in 2017.

No decision has been made for future years….
“We’re extremely disappointed,” said Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the […]

Why are so many astronauts from Ohio?

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[John H.] Glenn’s groundbreaking hours in the sky were just the first of more than 22,000 hours – and counting – logged in space by someone from our state. The first of 78 successful missions, too.
One of the original seven, the Cambridge native is also just one name now on the list of 25 astronauts hailing from the Buckeye State. Ohio […]

The fight to save the Wright brothers’ factory

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In 1910, seven years after their pioneering flight at Kitty Hawk, Wilbur and Orville Wright opened the first building of the Wright Company factory in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio. The new factory would be the first in the United States to be dedicated to manufacturing airplanes. But after Wilbur Wright’s untimely death, Orville sold […]

West Dayton site gets new investment

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The sale of two properties in the Westview Industrial Park shows renewed confidence in the West Dayton commercial and industrial markets and points to improving economic conditions in the community, city officials said….

“We’re glad to see this synergy or catalytic redevelopment going on in that area of West Dayton,” said Ford Weber, Dayton’s economic development […]

After death, Wright business carries on

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DAYTON—David Lightle’s partners in Wright Brothers USA LLC mourned his passing last summer but then quickly agreed: The best way to honor Lightle’s legacy is to move the business forward.
To do that, those partners — President Ken Botts and Doug Knopp, the company’s chief designer and creative director — are taking familiar paths — and […]

Armstrong museum preps for 50th moonwalk anniversary

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The Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta is gearing up for a big celebration that is still years away.
It is the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon in 1969. Even though the celebration won’t take place until 2019, the museum has already started planning for it.
Watch the report at WHIO.com

In Dayton, Ohio, a struggle to save the Wright brothers’ aviation factory

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In the birthplace of aviation, local preservationists and one famous historian are trying to get an airplane museum concept off the ground.
The nonprofit National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA), a National Park Service–affiliated nonprofit, manages an eight-county, aviation heritage area centered around the City of Dayton, Ohio. The area’s attractions celebrate the legacy of the Wright […]

Tech company moving to Wright Dunbar

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A tech company is moving to new space in the historic Wright-Dunbar neighborhood.
Pelican Technologies, once based in Tech Town near downtown Dayton, has signed a three-year lease at 1139 West Third St., Suite 200. It will relocate there in November, said company president Gary Moore Jr.
Pelican focuses on user experience interfaces and systems. It also […]

Air Force museum historian to retire

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE —

The long-time historian at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will walk into history soon.
Jeff Underwood, historian at the largest military aviation museum in the world for 17 years, retires Sept 30. Doug Lantry, a curator in the museum research division for 16 years, was chosen to take over […]

Air Force Museum ranks 3rd nationally

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE —The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force ranked third in a nationwide poll for best free museum in the United States.

The museum, which opened a more than $40 million expansion in June, landed in the No. 3 spot on the USA Today www.10best.com contest, according to the website.
“To be a part of […]

Seeking a bit of the Wright brothers’ grit

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I recently went to Carillon Historical Park, and as I listened to the guide tell us about the Wright brothers and their attempts at flight, I realized I yearn to have their attention spans. They devoted years to learning how to create a successful flying machine. They didn’t merely dabble — they had laser-sharp focus […]