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 […]

First flyers: Brazil or Wright Brothers?

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In opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Brazil claimed the first powered flight instead of Dayton’s own Wright Brothers.
It left some Americans confused, and downright offended others.
Across the Miami Valley, everyone knows aviation started here with the Wright Brothers, as noted by a monument across from RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. Wilbur and […]

‘Wright Brothers’ Author to Deliver Keynote at NBAA

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough will deliver a keynote address at the 2016 National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). The theme will be “Lessons in Leadership,” drawing examples from his most recent book, The Wright Brothers, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller.
Read the news brief at Flying Magazine.

Pilot recalls local air shows

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VANDALIA —The 2016 edition of the Vectren Dayton Air Show brought Brad Bashore home to where his dreams of flying were born.

Lt. Col. Bashore was on hand in mid-June as commander of the 58th fighter squadron, which brought the F-35 Lightning II strike fighters to the air show for the first time.
“This is where my […]

Dayton native now the only living Doolittle Raider

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Doolittle Raiders David J. Thatcher and Richard E. Cole last stood together in Dayton as two World War II brothers-in-arms to present the Congressional Gold Medal to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Today, one Raider survives.
Thatcher died at age 94 Wednesday in Montana, after suffering a massive stroke on Sunday, Father’s Day, the […]

Failure, adversity needed in life, author says

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FRAMINGHAM [Mass.]– The Wright brothers flew their first flight more than 100 years ago, but they still offer many lessons to the people of today, author and historian David McCullough said on Saturday.
“One of those is how do you handle failure,” said McCullough, author of “The Wright Brothers” and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. “Do […]

How the Wright brothers inspired the way Google tests new ideas

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Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days, by Jake Knapp with John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz, is a new book in which the Google Ventures’ design partners share the step-by-step process behind the “sprint” methodology that Knapp created to help companies such as Google, Slack, and Blue Bottle […]

The Wright Side of History

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Norman Craig, OC ’53 and emeritus professor of chemistry, gives a talk on the Wright brothers at Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium. Many are familiar with the story of the Wright brothers, from their bicycle business in Dayton, Ohio, to their historic first flight on Dec. 17, 1903 above the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, […]

Trailblazer Award given to groups tied to Air Force Museum

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A non-profit group that promotes aviation history in the Dayton region has given a Trailblazer Award to organizers behind a $40.8 million expansion of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Aviation Trail, Inc., chose the Air Force Museum Foundation and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the organizations work on constructing […]

Hanks for the memories

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It was a moment.
It came in the middle of Hollywood actor and producer Tom Hanks’ two-day visit to Dayton to see historic Wright brothers’ sites, dedicate the Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures at Wright State University and celebrate the university’s Rise. Shine. fundraising campaign.
Hanks was being given a tour of the National Museum of the United […]

Air Force One move at museum ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ sight

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE [OH]—Snow and a biting windchill didn’t deter Sidney C. Palomino and her 5-year-old son, Mauricio, from standing at the edge of a rope line Saturday to see one of the most famous planes in history emerge out of a Wright-Patterson hangar on a morning more like January than April.

She and her […]

Lost plans for Wright brothers ‘flying machine’ found

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The beat-up manila envelope sat on a table in the National Archives office in Kansas City, Mo. It had just been fetched from a limestone cave outside of town, and conservator Lauren Varga had been sent with a security escort from Maryland to bring it home.
First, she had to check the contents. She opened the […]

NASA’s first emergency in space-Gemini 8

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Fifty years ago today [March 16, 2016] was an exciting and busy day at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  But it would turn into a type of excitement that NASA and the entire Gemini space program would have preferred to avoid.
March 16, 1966 was to mark an important milestone for Project Gemini and in the history of space flight over […]