The Last Flight of Don Gentile

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Don Gentile needs no introduction. Whether known as ‘Captains Courageous’, ‘The Two Man AirForce’, ‘Messerschmitt Killers’, or ‘Damon and Pythias’, the exploits of he and his wingman, John Godfrey, with the 4th Fighter Group are well documented. Less well known are Gentile’s early days in his hometown of  Piqua, Ohio, nor those after World War II leading up to his untimely […]

Dayton man still pursuing 20-year dream to get Wright Flyer on Ohio state seal

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For William W. Burnett, a 65-year-old Dayton-area resident, Ohio’s connection with aviation history is a “principle of the true facts” — and he’s quick to correct anyone who thinks otherwise.
His dad was a comptroller at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. His grandfather on his mom’s side was a mechanical engineer who worked with Orville Wright during […]

Auction of Wright brothers papers reveals spat over flight

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The Wright brothers are credited with building and flying the first heavier than air flying machine, but it was not always so.
They battled with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington for 17 years over this distinction and a presidential commission was formed to decide the issue.
Details of this row from the early days of the flying […]

Wright Glider Solved Flight a Year Before 1903

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KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C.—Historian Darrell Collins stood next to the aging replica of the Wright glider, put his hand on a strut and recounted how the mastery of manned flight actually happened a year before the famous 1903 take-off.
“You cannot tell the story of the Wright brothers without telling the story of gliding,” said Collins, […]

Air Force Museum A Local Touchstone For Veterans

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When I was a kid, my dad would take my brother, David, and I to the National Museum of the Air Force. We marveled at the size of the planes and dreamed of one day becoming pilots ourselves. David became an engineer for Honda, but I joined the Air Force, and was stationed at Wright […]

Taking Time to Find Aviation Serendipity

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On your way someplace else, how many times have you passed a sign pointing to a small town airport? … Finding something special is worth the minutes it takes to follow the airport sign and make a drive-by inspection.
Had I been traveling and not touring the National Aviation Heritage Area, I would have missed something […]

Southwest Ohio is site of annual bike tour

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The 28th Annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, or GOBA, will take in local cities Hamilton, Eaton, Oxford, Brookville and Miamisburg, bike tour organizers said.
The ride runs June 18-25 and begins at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Hamilton. It’s expected that 2,500 riders will participate. …
Attractions on the tour include Hamilton’s Victorian Gothic octagon house, Kings […]

Remembering The Wright Company’s Star Exhibition Pilot

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There’s a headstone in a Cape Cod cemetery that features a Wright Flyer. It’s the grave of James Clifford Turpin, a Dayton native who was once a star pilot of the Wright Company’s Exhibition Team. Turpin and his fellow aviation pioneers helped to bring flight to the whole country—but it’s likely you’ve never heard of […]

Ohio bill would add historic Wright Flyer to state’s seal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker who has led the fight against Connecticut’s claim that another aviator beat the Wright brothers as first in flight now wants the Wright Flyer emblazoned on Ohio’s state seal.
It’s not clear whether the bill state Rep. Rick Perales introduced last month will fly. The idea of adding the […]

Caring for the Carillon

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Seventy-five years ago, crews were digging the foundation for Deeds Carillon. Today, it’s grown into a Dayton icon, but caring for the carillon is a tall order.
“It’s the anchor point, probably one of Dayton’s most recognizable symbols,” said Brady Kress, president and CEO of Dayton History; the historical organization responsible for […]

Historic airplanes: a reliquary for the spirt and soul of their crews

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The men who united as a crew in the vertical war over Europe after Pearl Harbor have all since surrendered, as we all must one day, to time. Its last living member, radio operator Robert Hanson, passed into history in 2005 at age 85. But their spirits and souls live on in the reliquary that […]

Dayton church celebrating historical designation

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A Dayton church celebrates receiving two honors from the City of Dayton and the State of Ohio. A historical marker dedication was held Saturday afternoon at Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church located at 1501 West Third Street.
The recognition is for the discovery of old documents with historical significance. The diaries of […]

Indo-US Relations Are Strong Says Indian Ambassador

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Washington:  Asserting that the Indo-US ties are strong, Indian Ambassador to the US Arun K Singh has said that education sector is the area where bilateral relationship must get stronger.
Addressing a gathering of students at Wright State University in Ohio yesterday, Mr Singh said that relations between India and the US are strong and getting […]

Fight launched over state seal

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Ohio’s official seal is emblazoned with a sun rising behind Mount Logan along the Scioto River, a harvested wheat field with a sheaf of wheat and a bundle of arrows.
Ohio Rep. Rick Perales says there is nothing wrong with the seal, it just doesn’t have much that is unique to Ohio.
Perales, R-Beavercreek, wants to change […]

Before Lindbergh and Earhart, Michigan pilot launched commercial air freight industry

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In the history of aviation, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart get most of the glory as pioneering pilots. But this year, as you’re getting ready to ship your Christmas gifts to loved ones far away, take a moment to think about a hometown hero.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery brings you the story of Philip Parmelee, […]