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 […]

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 […]