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 States Air Force and had just stepped into the Air Force One that carried the body of President John F. Kennedy home from the 1963 assassination in Dallas. …

“Man oh man,” he exhaled after emerging from the aircraft. “THAT is an important time capsule.”

There were other moments during Hanks’ visit.

He was able to put his hands on the original 1905 Wright Flyer, the world’s first practical airplane. He stood on the historic prairie where the Wright brothers perfected the aircraft. He dazzled hundreds of Wright State performing arts students with a personal sharing of his life and experience. And he charmed a campus with his warmth and humor.

Read the article in the Wright State University Newsroom.