David McCullough, Dawne Dewey and the Wright brothers cutouts
David McCullough, Dawne Dewey and the brothers (Photo: WSU)

CBS Sunday Morning spotlights Wright brothers

In Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, NAHA News /

CBS News Sunday Morning spotlighted the Wright brothers and historic Wright sites in the National Aviation Heritage Area on Sunday, May 3.

CBS’s Rita Braver interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough about his new book, The Wright Brothers, filming the interview at several locations including Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The report said McCullough wanted to “reintroduce Americans to the Wright Brothers” and present their sister Katharine, whom McCullough called a 5-foot-1 “powerhouse.”

NAHA leveraged the CBS segment by purchasing numerous TV commercial spots promoting NAHA partner sites on local CBS affiliate WHIO-TV, including three spots that aired during the McCullough interview.

McCullough’s book has brought renewed national interest in Dayton’s most famous citizens, who did their laboratory research and built their first airplanes in their West Dayton bicycle shop, and then created America’s aviation industry by forming the Wright Company and erecting the first factory built for the purpose of airplane manufacturing.

Last month, Hollywood media announced that Tom Hanks has acquired rights to the book with plans to produce an HBO miniseries.

McCullough’s publisher, Simon and Schuster, is scheduled to release the book on May 5. Copies will be on sale at Books&Co at the Greene in Beavercreek, as well as vouchers for signed books that will be available in June. Books&Co has reserved nearby Kettering Middle School, 3000 Glengarry Drive in Kettering, for a special appearance by McCullough at 7 p.m. on June 8.