Dayton Area filled with historical sites linked to Wright brothers

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DAYTON: Orville and Wilbur Wright are big in the history books. The Ohio-bred aviation pioneers are even bigger in their hometown.

On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville Wright, a printer and bicycle maker from Dayton, flew 120 feet in 12 seconds at Kitty Hawk, N.C., in the first controlled, power-driven, heavier-than-air, man-carrying flying machine. … The Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop off West Third Street in Dayton and an adjoining visitor center are a good place to begin one’s visit to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park with its six separate sites. It was established in 1992. …

You can see most of the Dayton sites with ties to Orville and Wilbur Wright in a full day, depending on how long you want to spend at each site. Dayton is three hours from the Akron area. … The area is also home to a National Aviation Heritage Area that was established by Congress in 2004. It includes 45 aviation-themed attractions.

Read the story in the Akron Beacon Journal.